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Digital Design - Module 01 Semester 1, 2019 Kanesha Ramesh 959233 Sean Guy + Studio 13

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?

Zeara Polo has used Charles Pierce’s classification of the group into signs that is divided into an icon, symbols and indexes in this reading. Signs as a whole is explained as it being something that shows the quality of its dynamic object. According to him, an icon expresses the quality of a function while the materiality of this sign is not actually relevant to the way it performs. In most cases the form does not relate to the content. The performance of a symbol depends on how they are established, much like a diagram. Diagrams do not represent much in the whole design process as much as a sign does. However, they do provide an descriptions of performances in space and how it is organized. This can provide performative quality to a design.


Week One

Precedent Analysis

Plan view of the traced out surfaces of pavilion

Ghosted perspective view of the front of pavilion

Shaded back view of the pavilion that shows the curves of the roof

Baan, Iwan. 2016. Serpentine Summer House/ Barkow Leibinger. https://www.archdaily. com/790032/serpentine-summer-house-barkow-leibinger/576a8448e58ecec7870000cf-serpentine-summer-house-barkow-leibinger-photo

After the tracing was done from the plan that was given, each level of the pavilion was extruded into the different heights as seen in the elevations. The different levels were then moved up into the level that they are above ground. The curve of the top level of the roof was done manually by moving the points to follow the shape of a curve.


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.

Although the Serpentine Summer House by Barkow Leibinger may look quite confusing from the outside, it can actually be broken down into three sections each separated by large walls and have seating areas in each of them. They are each divided into a semi-circular section of their own and have to be accessed only through the front opening of each section. There are no doors or main entrances that direct the movement of people but the seating sections allow people to know where each curve is located.


Week Two


Isometric View of Pavilion From this view of the pavilion model, all levels of the whole pavilion can be seen eventhough it may not show the whole view of each section. The side of the pavilion shown displays the roof, wall and seating structures. The curves for the roof were modelled according to the elevations given and everything else was drawn from the plan view of the pavilion. It might not be possible for people to move through the three dividing walls, therefore, the are where most movements would occur is around the seats where people might sometimes pause. The dividing walls work as the threshold between each section of the pavilion, separating it into three different seating areas. This provides semi-privated spaces for people to move around in. Shadows of the roof can be used as shade which would direct people to move to the seats which is not under the sun.


Week Two Diagrams

Threshold Diagram

Circulation Diagram

The different spaces are separated by dividing walls. As there are no main doors for guided entrances, people are directed to the semicircular openings of each seating area. The roof structure helps to show the distinction between the inside and outside as there is no strong separation point.


The seating area directs people on where to move. As seen in the colored map above more people walk around the seating area and pause at times to sit down.


Model Making Process

View from the bottom looking at the top. The points of the curve were adjusted manually to form a curve that curved inward and into the inside of the pavilion. Reference was made to an original image of the pavilion during this process.

Curves for each layer drawn according to the plan of the pavilion and it is then extruded into a 3-D model



Circulation & Threshold Diagrams

Test of a heat map for the density of people at different areas of the pavilion but it was mainly done in the sitting area and the darkest area is where people would be sitting

Each layer had been exploded first before starting on the diagrams



Isometric Model

Linework and wood material added to a rendered image of the rhino model

Gravel and grass added to the ground


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