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Digital Design - Module 01 Semester 1, 2019 Leelee Chea

913999 Joel Collins Studio 21

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)

Signs and symbols are the formal representation of dynamic objects as Zeara-Polo defines the diagrams as a “tool that describes relationships and prescribes performances in space which always has a spatial correlation� (p.239). There are no rational relationships between form and content to represent cultural and subjective representations (p.239). Diagrams help to conceptualise what is beyond our understanding of realtiy as Zeara-Polo argues that unlike signs and symbols diagrams create new sensations and organisations.


week One

Precedent Analysis

Left to Right, Top to Bottom: Zumthor Serpentine Pavilion, Plan and Section, Site, 3D Model

Using the provided plans and section drawings I traced over them and scaled them using the scale bars. I then arrayed the structural form and used sweep to create the cladding, walls and seating arrangement.


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)

The 2011 Serpentine Pavilion by Peter Zumthor restricts the freedom to interpret the functions and usage of the internal opening space, contrary to Herzberger’s suggestions. It is character-ised by narrow corridors, dark and monotonous colours and an ominous play with lighting. The absence of asymmetry makes this pavilion rather relaxing to move through as you are generally directed by the clear circulation routes throughout. The pavilion, in fact, isolates the users from the outside world by enclosing them in a double layer of wall structure.


week Two


Zumthor Pavilion Dissection This isometric represents the pavilion’s finishes, structure and internal relationships. I decided to also show the lighting which hangs in the narrow corridors to highlight Zumthor’s intention to lead users through the corridors using lighting. I’ve learnt that the circulation is rather simple but effecting, and the threshold accentuates these effects. Moreover, the construction is equally as simple, with arrays of the same wooden structure throughout the entire building, meeting at the corners seamlessly. The thresholds can be found on the outer layer of the building as well as the internal walls. The circulation thus informs the design, being very symmetric.


week Two Diagrams





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I utilised lighting as a threshold because it could also manipulate the way the building feels, whether internal or external. I also used the wooden structural elements to inform the shape of the structure, as well as the cladding which accentuates the cohesivity of the design.

The circulating is simple but strong. The internal doors were explicitly displaced from the centres of the outdoor thresholds, forcing users to walk through the narrow corridors which opens up into a large garden. This creates a dramatic change of experience in users.




I started by modelling the drawing straight from the supplied sectionand floor plan. I then compiled these elements together and used array and sweep to complete the final look.

To create the peal away effect, I used boolean Difference on the different layers. First by substracting 2/3 of the cladding, and 1/3 of the timber structure.


Appendix Process

To create a more dynamic isometric, I used Make2D to create lines and then exported them into illustrator.

Using only vector works, I changed all the line weights and types, as well as used colour fill to highlight particular elements, such as the wooden structure, cladding and plantation. I feathered out the surrounding context using different layers of the plant vectors using soft light effect in white.




To create the exploded axo, I grouped all the elements I wanted and just moved them up, followed by make2D.

I wanted to express the internal walls in one of my diagrams, so I used a clipping plane to remove the upper most of the structure to expose the floor and some walls.


Similar to the main isometric drawings, I manipulated the line types and filled in colours. To create the sun shadows, I used Rhino’s built in Sun analysis to create the shadows and traced over them in illustrator to create clean lines.

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