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Digital Design - Module 01 Semester 1, 2019 Isabelle Sijan

(996133) Studio Tutor: Alison Fairley | Studio Number: 20

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?

Signs and symbols are a representation of an object, used with the aim of emulating the properties and functions of the object. This is distinct from the role of the diagram, which is often more abstract in its construction and visual impact. A diagram conveys the mood and experience intended within an environment. Hence, the main point of difference between signs and symbols, and a diagram is the idea of representation as opposed to sensation.


Week One

Precedent Analysis

Left to right: Aerial photo of Barkow Leibinger, Serpentine Summer House, 2016 ; East elevation view of complete model ; Plan view of complete model ; West elevation view of model without outermost roof layer.

The outermost layer of the pavilion weaves around the lower layers to create a very dynamic and organic facade. As a result, I modelled the pavilion by starting at the lower levels and working upwards, before completing the final roof layer. This allowed for the more immediate structural and spatial elements of the pavilion to be complete before the more complex layer was added.


Week Two

Reading: Hertzberger H. 2005. The in-between and The Habitable Space Between Things, from Lessons for Students in Architecture.

Herzberger discusses how design should not be extreme in its functionality. Use your precedent study to explain how the pavilion allows for an appropriation of use.

The pavilion is a highly versatile structure as, by definition, it is an open and inviting space. This allows for an appropriation of the use of a pavilion, as people are invited to temporarily inhabit the space as they wish. This is particularly noticeable in Barkow Leibinger’s Serpentine Summer House, as there are no exterior walls nor a definitive roof and hence patrons are simultaneously within the pavilion and the environment. Hence the abstract and inclusive nature of the pavilion invites patrons to interact with the pavilion as they see fit.


Week Two


South-west view of the modeled Serpentine Summer House The Serpentine Summer House pavilion was modelled using Rhinoceros 3D software, with surfaces extruded from developed curves. The pavilion is designed with an emphasis on a central structure. As a result, the surfaces are highly interactive with one another in this small space. The circulation and threshold of this pavilion are hence not clearly defined, but instead people are invited to determine their own unique experience of the pavilion based on their choice of circulation and view.


Week Two Diagrams



The threshold of the pavilion is defined as the shadows created by the structure throughout the day. This is because there is no clear exterior boundary of the pavilion, nor a clear shelter created as there are no horizontal surfaces used to develop the roof.

The expected circulation of this pavilion is shown through linework that maps the movement of people around the space. Despite the openness of the pavilion, leading people to circulate it in a number of ways, entry into the space is more clearly defined by natural features as a forest space and river enclose the pavilion within the park, leaving patrons to enter from opposite sides.




The first stage of modelling involved

Creating the central wall structures

drawing the curves and extruding the surfaces of the seating area.

followed the development of seating. This was achieved with reference to the plan and elevation drawings of the pavilion.

Developing the final layer of roofing was the most difficult aspect of the model as the surfaces are not simply an extrusion of a horizontal curve.

This view of the top layer of the model highlights how the surface twists around its central axis and other surfaces of the pavilion.


The first layer of roofing was modelled with reference to the plan drawing, as well as all the elevation views that show all aspects of the pavilion.

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