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Digital Design - Module 01 Semester 1, 2018 Girvan Christian Tenggono 917833 Siavash Malek + 18

Week One

Reading: Zeara Polo, A. 2010. Between Ideas and Matters.

According to Zeara-Polo, the diagram does not play a representational role in the design process but provides an organisational and can have a performative quality depending on how it is deployed. Explain how Diagram is different from Signs and Symbols? (100 words Maximum)

Signs are classified by Charles Peirce into Icons, Indexes and Symbols. An icon is a material expression of a quality, it is made to represent something without having the relevancy of the materiality itself; there is nothing binding its form and content. An index is a sign that conveys measurement by comparison. Indexes have a relationship between its form and content, despite being not formally explicit. A symbol is a sign where the material and shape represent something immaterial. For instance, trophies. Different to signs, symbols, indexes or icons diagram’s representational role depends on how they are deployed. The diagram is a path of abstraction, it is a tool to collect idea based on human’s innate ability to compact information and ideas. According to Zeara-Polo, a diagram is “a tool that describes relationships and prescribes performances in space”. Thus, a diagram despite not being able to have a representational role, it provides an organisational and performative quality if deployed properly.


Week One

Precedent Analysis Fig. 1 (Left). HÊlène Binet, Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2001,Eighteen Turns. 2001. Fig. 2 (Top Right). Author, Serpentine Gallery plan view. 2018. Fig. 3 (Middle Right). Author, Serpentine Gallery North Elevation. 2018. Fig. 3 (Bottom Right). Author, Serpentine G a l l e r y WestElevation. 2018.

Using the given plan image, elevation image, section image and images from the internet, surfaces are made with appropriate angles. The lines from the images are projected unto the surface. Then the surfaces are trimmed into the current shapes, and the canopies are made planar, connecting the existing partitions. Finally, the surfaces are given volume by extruding the corners and capping them.


Week Two

Reading: Hertzberger H. 2005. The in-between and The Habitable Space Between Things, from Lessons for Students in Architecture. Herzberger discuss how design should not be extreme in its functionality. Use your precedent study to explain how the pavilion allows for an appropriation of use. (100 words Maximum)

Herzberger argued that objects are to be designed as an instrument instead of an apparatus, this advocates a greater efficiency. By keeping this idea in mind, forms can play roles and adapt accordingly to changing circumstances. People will expand the possibilities for designed objects to be more useful and applicable to suit their purpose. The pavilion was designed with small and big openings, it allows enclosure and passage for visitors. In addition to the maze-like form that encourages passage, and the short nature of the gallery (which only lasted for the summer), visitors gathered to use the pavilion, leaving what Libeskind hoped, a lingering memory. The podium which is used as a flooring under the pavilion can also be used as both stairs and informal seating place.


Week Two


South East Isometric The isometric here is chosen to show the depth of the shadow. The shadows are detailed further in Adobe Illustrator to show the philosophy of the pavilion, which follows the form of the Japanese origami. From this Isometric view, the width of the passages is clearly shown, allowing us to see how the users will circulate in the structure. The visual experience created a feeling of threshold in this structure, besides the tight openings framing perspectives, the spatial perception of the space, from open to compressed, emphasised this idea.


Week Two Diagrams



This diagram shows the circulation of the users inside the structure and the circulation of the form where the flooring transforms into the partition and into the roof.

The diagram provides a threshold of visual experience, Locating where are the forced perspectives and explaining the spatial sensation from open to compressed.




Given Images

Creating surfaces from the images


Appendix Process

Giving volume to the surfaces and exploring Isometric view

Exploring the use of shadow




Diagram Exploration

Final Diagrams


ARCH20004 Digital Design Module 1 Journal  
ARCH20004 Digital Design Module 1 Journal