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Digital Design - Module 01 Semester 1, 2018 Jessica Hall

921177 Chelle Yang + Studio 02

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)

Diagrams are essentially different to signs and symbols because they do not play a representational role for any particular dynamic object. Diagrams exist to mediate between physical constructs or percepts on a organizational level. They serve the purpose of communicating information, but is dependent on how they are deployed and assigned.


Week One

Precedent Analysis

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Fig. 2 Fig.1 Glazing and structural elements for east elevation Fig. 2 Roof plan extrusions and line work Fig. 3 Partly assembled model with glazing and solid components

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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. (100 words Maximum)

The design of the Toyo Ito Pavilion may seem complex at first, but through its algorithmic basis for the structural design, the functionality of the space is not limited nor restrictive. The open sections of the 4 walls provides flexible spaces, whose functionality essentially lies at the hands of the visitor. The open plan design also provides accessibility and mobility in the design, with no restrictive impact on functionality that a more extreme design might instill.


Week Two


Serpentine Pavilion Isometric - Toyo Ito 2002 This is a rendered isometric of the serpentine pavilion with the north-east corner of the structure orientated towards the front. The modelling process involved creating a line work base to make surfaces from. The varying geometries resulted in a series of surfaces and solids that constituted the three main components of the model - glazing, solids and structure. Grouped by elevations and the roof plan, the model was assembled with ease. The interaction between the three different materialities was what was modelled in detail. The geometric pattern of the design derives from a complex algorithm involving a square motif, so the clarity of the form was emphasized with varying line weights. From the modelling process I began to realize that a formula exists for the design of the structure. There is a sense of order and rigidity to the design, which impacts the circulation pattern. Though the element of openness is evident throughout the design, access points are determined by the steps that lead to the entrances. Apart from the form, the effect of light on the structure contributes to establishing the boundary between thresholds. Natural light that filters in through glazing bring an outdoor element into the enclosed interior. The shifts between light and shadow establishes a sense of internal and external space, therefore acting as a bridge between thresholds.


Week Two Diagrams

Circulation Diagram

Thresholds Diagram

These series of diagrams shows the impact of set recreational/functional spaces that accommodate stationary activities on the circulation paths. The varying arrow heads represent pathways of different natures (Access/exit driven pathways and inhabitant motivated pathways.

This series of diagrams show the three main structural elements of the pavilion. The ‘porosity’ of the structure is resulted from permeability of the structure. The glazing essentially acts as a portal for elements of the outside to travel indoors in the form of light, resulting in creating the boundary between the thresholds.




Creating the base for the elevation and roof design through the use of line. Solid, glazing and structural elements were derived from one set of line work to insure uniformity and structural accuracy of the model.


Appendix Process

The rule for the interaction of materials is predetermined by the design algorithm, which i derived from a rendered roof plan. the model was assembled and the make 2d was edited in illustrator. The line work was adjustd accordingly to ensure represnetational accuracy of the isometric




A comparison of the final model in rhino and the final 1:50 isometic rendering. Rendering choices were kept simple to emphais the geometic complexity of Toyo Ito’s Serpentine Pavilion.


Reference list Fig. 0 Unknown artist. Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2002 by Toyo Ito and Cecil Balmond with Arup. Photograph. Accessed March 12, 2018,

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