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Digital Design - Module 01 Semester 1, 2018 Kevin Nobrega (867898) Samuel Lalo + 12

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 simple, easily recognisable representations of something exact and specific. They symbolise a very specific message/function for a very specific type of information that is being conveyed. For example a sign for a musuem is universally recognised and very specific. Seeing such a sign one would expect a museum and nothing else. A diagram however is not used to determine a single outcome or a specific representation for a specific type of information. An effective diagram conveys many outcomes and mediates between physical consturcts and concepts bridging the gap between information and a final work.


Week One

Precedent Analysis

Fig 1. Radix Pavilion (Top Left) Fig 2. Radix Sections (Top Right) Fig 3. Radix Elevation (Bottom Left)

Modelling my precedent was quite simple. The dimensions were easy to follow thus I simply followed the elevation and sections provided. I first started by extrudiong the curve and then following dimensions for each sphere and ellipsoid. After that it was a simple task of boolean splitting and giving the pavilion a base to provide more context.


Week Two

Reading: Hertzberger H. 2005. The in-between and The Habitable Space Between Things, from Lessons for Students in Architecture. Herzberger discuss 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 Radix Pavilion provides an interesting take on the appropriation of use. It was not constructed with the intent of being used and circulated by people in the way other pavilions are used. Instead it was constructed with the intent and idea to pay a sorts of homage to its context being the Venice Arsenale through mimicking the arches of the docks and having a strong presence. Its use is more to reflect a dialogue between the past and now reflected in the modern use of similar materials from its environment.


Week Two


Aires Mateus - Radix Pavilion The Radix Pavilion was designed by Portuguese architect Aires Mateus for the 2012 Venice Biennale. The modelling process was not a difficult one because the sections and elevations provided plenty dimensions and information as well as the pavilion not being too complex in its design. Seeing as the curvature and the arches are the main feature of the pavilion that is what was chosen to be featured prominently throught the works. It was Mateus’ intent to create a pavilion that responded with the architectural setting and context, which in this case was the Venice Arsenale. Thus it recognises its setting by mimicking the arches and combining the historical awareness with modernity. During the process of modelling one learnt that circulation and thresholds do not always have to be so mundane as having people going through a site but instead create interesting ways for people to interact with a space rather than simply move through it. With the Radix Pavilion we see people moving more so around the pavilion and entering the arches briefly rather then crawling on all fours under the arches just ot go through it. The construction is interetsing to note because at first impression one would expect the structure to be heavy and solid but instead the cube is hollow and the arches come down to points on the ground conveying a much more lightweight structure.


Week Two Diagrams



The circulation diagram displays how people circulate around the pavilion more so than through it and the main points of entry. If moving into the site people will go from open space to under the arch where they experience a sense of closure hence I represented this feeling with a blur and bringing the path to a point.

The thresholds diagram illustrates where the thresholds sit in the pavilion as well as the design intent and thought process behind them. The two spheres and ellipsoid are seen going through the floor and creating the curvature and arches.




To begin the model I extruded a square based of the same dimensions provided in the sections and elevations. From there I followed the dimensions given for each sphere and ellipsoid and mapped out where they would cut the sphere. using the lines I made to map out everything I then used the sphere and ellipsoid commands and made sure they lined up with the dimensions.


Appendix Process

These captures better display the models curvature and arches. It was easily achieved using the boolean split command. Whilst modelling i immediately got a sense of the structure’s lightweight appearance in consturction despite it seeming at first like a very solid structure that is heavy.




I set up my pavilion in isometric view for the large iso and the two diagrams. After that all that was left to do was take it into illustrator and tweak with line weight and colour, as well as photoshop to mute the colours through exposure, levels and brightness/contrast. besitos xx.


Digital Design - Module 1  
Digital Design - Module 1