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Digital Design - Module 01 Semester 1, 2018 Jiawei Li (Tommy) ID-913164 Han Li Studio 17

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)

According to Zeara-Polo, he defines a diagram as a tool that describes relationships and specifies performance in space, and does not necessarily include metrics and concrete ideas, diagrams usually contains complex and abstracted information. Which the dragram does not play a representative role for its dynamic objects, but rather conveys information and gives a illustration of different conceptual structure and abstract spatial relationships. However, symbols and signs usually has much simplified, fixed or rigid meaning, in a representative manner. Such as my circulation diagram as an example, it can’t be used on fabricating or manufacting, however, it explores a various ideas of spatial relationships and different materials which eventually help to finalize the project.


Week One

Precedent Analysis The pavilion of Daniel Libeskind, was created from metal planes. Covered in aluminum panels to create a brilliant light reflection, the structure reveals a new perspective of park and gallery architecture. However, there aren’t many resources online to define it’s three dimensional existence. Perhaps its a temporay pavilion that didn’t exist for long and being removed since im only three or four years old. The formation of the modeling was mostly in Rhino and a slightly touch on AI and V-ray, due to using Rhino could manipulate with different materials in order to define this complicated pavilion more thoroughly.

Daniel Libeskind, Serpentine Pavilion, 2001

Formation process


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)

According tot Herzberger, which design should not be designed in extreme to a single, rigid funcationality, it fails the use of space and limits the possibilites of an architecture. However, each one of us has our unique way of occupying the space, exreme in its funcationality may still bring out various use of the space, functionality may exreme either the most comfortable space for one specific way of use or limit the potential of the design. Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2001 by Daniel Libeskind is a piece of “origami”, it has eighteen turns created from sheer metallic planes and seems to “folded over itself”, such complex and fablous design can functions as a “lecture theatre, cafe and gallery party venue”, and by its unreal appearance, people would never know its real function untill they pass the threshold.


Week Two


Libeskind- Serpentine Pavilion is a piece of “origami�, once Peyton-Jones said that the design looks clear and very simple, but in its own way of complicated. The pavilion has got eighteen turns, which formed a unique view from perspective to perspective.

East North Isometric view of Serpentine Pavilion

To break down the modeling procces, the first step was modeling from its plan and section drawing in precendent study, however, these drawing wasn't a good guideline, and involved large amout of guesswork dueing modeling. I spend most of the time generating its 3D view in my mind, in order to model more accurately, I did more researchs online and trying to match every perspective according to the sections drawing. To fulling explain the "eighteen folds" of this pavilion, I constructed the interior steel structure that gives a more clear image of how this pavilion formed in my modeling. The circulation of this art work can be formed in an interesting way, due to there are numberous of thresholds you can enter this pavilion, every one of us may form a unique pathway.


Week Two Diagrams

Circulation Diagram 1:200

Thresholds & Formation 1:200

This pavilion has various entrance in an exremely interesting way, every single of us may access or our pathway in this pavilion may be unique, because each different perspective of viewing this pavilion may generate complete different views. If I had the chance to experience this artwork, i’ll definitely capture any single different view of this masterpiece. I utilize curves and arrows to represent circulation in this pavilion, also red represents a space people passes and blue represents a space people would spend more time occupying.


The definition of threshold is a certain point or line, once you exceed that certain point, an abosulte new experience, phenomenon or condition will occur. Which is the main idea of this diagram, by using red/blue arrows and lines to illustrate main and minor thresholds also small gaps that allows to enter. The diagram also shows the proccess of formation, from bottom to top, base plan, wireframe, the facade and interstructure, which trying to distinctivly analyze the formation of the model.



Further Study In my process of researching, I find another Daniel Libeskind’s architecture called “ 18,36,54 house” that looks almost idential to the pavilion I’m modeling. The expression of two building are similar as well, they both explores the method of architectural materials that folds itself and make space out of simple materials but complex apperance. The “18,36,54 house” Located on a 54acre wall in the United States surrounded by 250 acres of Oak trees on a grassland in the United States, he adopts a multifaceted structural framework from various angles of the perspective. The house is seen as a plan of a continuous folded ribbon structure with 36 points and 54 lines. Its housing is made of copper reflectors because it stands out clearly from the surrounding environment.


Appendix Process

Formation of the interior steel structure by using dots and guilde lines in rhino and projectingcruves on surfaces to form these structures. By modeling its interstructure I learned that each block of structure has it’s unique pannel also the direction of twisting is also different. I also used different color to differentiate the surface and the internal framework. The process is not hard however the time invested in was huge.




A slightly touch on V-ray I just started learning a week ago, trying to render the model into some fablous material facade, but I’s still incapable of that, so i did something very basic, rendered the model by using Ambient Occlusion that cleans the model.


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