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The shell pavilion My design is based on the considerations of nature and human being. So the form of my pavilion is dynamic and asymmetrical, which provide different visual and physical feelings for people. The shell pavilion is used for a lunch time seminar and an evening quarter concert. I utilised parts of waffle structure to create small benches to sit. And the main sitting areas are around by landscape with the use of leveling design. The sitting areas enclose the whole pavilion. So I set an attraction point at one corner for the evening concert. Exploring the light and shadow is also one of the main concepts in my pavilion design. The hollows on top with different sizes project the natural lights onto the ground to create dynamic patterns. And these hollows also connect the interior space with the sky. People can look at the sky when they are sitting or walking in this space. For the consideration of rainwater, openings are only in small areas and a curve along one side is also for this consideration. For accommodating more people, threshold is opened with three sides of my pavilion. People can freely go through with not too much limits. And the openings also make my pavilion look more interesting. The materials are used of metal cladding and wood to dissolve with nature. The metal with its reflection can attract people and the wooden interior structure make people feel warm and gain a sense of belonging.




Circulation path Spatial thresholds

The triangular opening at the top, with its various sizes creates interesting shadow patterns at the ground and at the evening people can enjoy stars at the top via looking through these transitional openings.

The waffle structure relates to the paneling shapes, gradually becomes thicker, which creates a various volumes inside. People can get a sense of belonging with its curvilinear shapes.

Timber Structure Detail 1:40

Chair integrates with the waffle structure, which save the space and also is organic to reflect with nature. People can sit on it to see interior space.

Attraction point to form a performing space.

Human figure helps people to see the size of openings and articulates its functions that people can go through it. The opening at the side of the pavilion creates a threshold and allows light coming into the interior space.

Stairs provides a transitional space between pavilion and its surrounding landscape and two small platforms are also created along it two sides to provide places for people to sit.

Axonometric 1:40



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The concrete block defines space and also creates different levels for people to sit.


Design Iteration

Design iteration 1

With the reference of my module one pavilion to use column to support surface.

Design iteration 2

Design iteration 3

Via overlaying surfaces to create visual difference and the dome structure can create a sense of belong for people.


My final pavilion developed based on this iteration. The shape of this pavilion is very interesting and has many thresholds.

Design Iteration

I used sweep two rails and network surface to generate structure. Then Using command rebuild surface to reduce my control points. And using boolean difference or trim command to open a threshold at one side. For my waffle structure, I offset surface to produce waffles in between. In this way, I can adjust width of each waffles manually by changing inner surface. Finally, I merged bench and surface into one surface. My waffle structure can also serve as a part of my chairs.



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Model making


Computational Process

Grasshopper script

Separately construct hollow

Merging hollow patterns with solid.

Cause it generated in a plane first,

patterns in GH with the original use of Ellipse.

Using list item to construct panels in GH.

I used surface morph to project it onto the surface.


Fabrication process

Laser cutting

3D printing


360 Image Output


Digital Design-module 3 journal Semester 1, 2018