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Digital Design - Module 01 Semester 1, 2019 Kristie Anderson 993493 Tony Yu, Studio 5

Week One Reading

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 represent their dynamic objects, however diagrams “mediate between physical constructs and concepts� through spatial correlation. Diagrams can be multi-dimensional and can create formal relationships between time, space, performance and scale in a reductive manner. Similarly, unlike signs and symbols, diagrams help visualise unseen things by organising relationships.


Week One

Precedent Analysis

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Fig 3 Fig 1. Nico Saieh, Venice Biennale 2012: Radix / Aires Mateus, 2012, photograph, ArchDaily. Accessed March 16, 2019. https://www. bnl_aima_5 Fig 2. Spheres and ellipsoids with fluting pattern Fig 3. Before boolean tool was applied

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Fig 4. Finished pavilion with context

Using the plans and sections provided on the LMS, I constructed spheres and ellipsoids creating a fluting pattern with the RebuildUV tool, rotating them to their respected orientations. Following this, I used the the BooleanDifference tool to subtract the spheres and ellipsoids from a rectagular prism before finally constructing the surrounding context.


Week Two Reading

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.

Herzberger suggests that designers should create spaces that are adaptive and flexible; multi-purpose. That being said, designs that are extreme in their functionality do not allow for this freedom causing them to be reductive and constraining. In Aires Mateus’ ‘Radix Pavilion’, the use of basic geometries creates a simplified form with varying heights. Although there are thresholds created, they are soft allowing for people to move in and out of the space as they please, and to use it for any function. The area near the steps providing access to the water, could potentially be used as a place for people to sit as well as for them to move through.


Week Two


Radix Pavilion Isometric To construct my pavilion, I used the BooleanDifference tool to remove the fluted spheres and ellipsoids from a rectangular prism. Following this, I then went on to add surrounding context before importing my model into Illustrator to adjust the line weights. I decided to orientate my isometric view in a NE direction as to allow the overall form, interior spaces and context of the pavilion to be seen. The Radix Pavilion is a fairly, simple structure with basic geomteries including spheres and ellipsoids combining together to create this abstract form. As a result of this, I ensured that I included the fluting pattern in the correct orientation. Throughout the process, I was able to undertsand how the differing heights within the pavilion impact the way in which individuals can move throughout it. The lower sections are not as accessible as the higher ones, but they still allow for people to crawl through. Similarly, the modelling process gave me an insight into how the different thresholds are created, and how they are soft thresholds rather than hard. Additionally, it allowed me to think about how the space would be used by individuals which is effected by the thresholds present.


Week Two Diagrams



The first layer of this diagram shows the internal shell of the structure revealing the relative heights. The second layer represents ease of circulation, with the yellow sections being easy, orange mid and red hard. The final layer shows the possible routes, with the thicker lines being the most common, and thinner lines least common.

The first layer of this diagram reveals the overall form of the pavilion, whilst the second layer shows the different soft thresholds. The third layer reveals the functions of the pavilion, with the dotted circle representing the area where individuals would be stationary, and the solid line where they would be moving. Additionally, the astrix suggests that the water is a point of attraction.




The first stage included importing the plan and section details from the LMS into Rhino, followed by drawing up the spheres and ellipsoids to scale.

The next process was to use the BooleanDifference tool to eliminate the openings from a rectangular prism.

I then selected the relevant surfaces and used the RebuildUV tool to create the fluted three-dimnsional shapes.

Final result after using the RebuildUV tool and rotating the shapes to get the fluting to run the correct direction.


Appendix Process

I used the BooleanDifference tool again on another rectangular prism to achieve my final pavilion.

Once my model was complete, I continued to add the surrounding context.

Once I had completed modelling up the pavilion and context in Rhino, I imported it into Illustrator to adjust the line weights as well as add tone.

The final process involved adapting my pavilion to create two diagrams showing circulation and thresholds respectively.


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