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Digital Design - Module 01 Semester 1, 2018 Lin Fu 884119 Dan Parker

Studio 06

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)

The main difference is that signs and symbols play a representational role for their dynamic object whereas diagrams are the opposite. Diagram describes relationships and prescribes performances in space. As a non-representational tool, it is multi-functional which tends to deliver multiple meanings rather than one, thus not transferring information directly. Therefore, a very simple diagram may generate very complex organisations.


Week One

Precedent Analysis

Fig 2. Plan view of Summer House

Fig 4 .West Elevation

Fig 1. Picture of Summer House Iwan Baan, Ina Reinecke, Serpentine Summer House by Barkow Leibinger, June 2016, Accessed March 11, 2018. Fig 3. North Elevation

Fig 5. Model making using four elevations

Comment on the process of modelling your precedent using the images provided. In the process of making model in Rhino, I traced the outline in the plan view level by level. By raising up the four elevations and making them as three-dimensional, I can precisely notice each altitude of lines, therefore using “planar surface” and “loft” commands to build the model.


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 summer house uses three curved walls as thresholds to divide this pavilion. Along interior side of each wall, there are seats that allow people to have causual time in the private spaces created by the wall.


Week Two


Insert title of your Isometric here. The isometric is obtained by making 2D of Rhino model and then exporting it into illustrator. In the process of modelling, I used different colours to represent different layers in Rhino. This is to make modelling process clearer and more convenient. According to circulation of the Summer House, people can move around the pavillion and find static positions on the seats or under the shadow. The three main curved walls, defined as the thresholds, provide private spaces by dividing the whole pavilion into three parts. People therefore can have causual conversations on the seats which are alongside the walls. Except for the physical boundary, shadows generated by the sunlight also work as non-physical boundaries. As the top two layers work as a partial solid roof, only some of the sunlight can penetrate through it and thus creating shadows, which work as another boundary that separate people from exterior spaces, giving them private space.


Week Two Diagrams

Static people Threshold area

Movement of people Shadow generated



The diagram shows circulation integrated with shadows generated at 1pm

Three curved walls shown in the middle associated with top two layers

on Jul 5th 2017. The coorelationship has been shown. The density of people

that work as a partial solid roof, playing the roles of physical and nonphysical thresholds respectively. They separate people from public area,

is the highest under the shadow and most of them are static.

providing them private spaces to have causual activities.




Fig 1. First level of pavilion It shows seats and capping of the seats that allows people to have a rest and also have some private conversations.


Appendix Process

Fig 2. Second level of pavilion First level plus three main curved walls which work as thresholds.




Fig 3. Third level of pavilion First and second levels plus second top of hollow roofs.


Fig 4. Four level of pavilion First, second and third levels plus the top level of the roof, associated with second top level as a partial solid roof, which allows some of the sunlight penetrate through.


Fig 5. Plan view of pavilion Different colours are used to show different layers. By doing this, modelling process becomes easier, faster and clearer.


Fig 6. Process of modelling Four elevations are raised up, associated with the plan, modelling by Rhino. To ensure the top level is running through different surfaces vertically, command “pointson� and adjust points on the curves one by one.


Fig 7. Rendered sun By using “Sun� command, shadows are generated at 1pm on Jul 5th 2017 in rendered view. This helps to explain circulation concept integrated with shadows as people tend to move under the shadows. In other words, density of people is the highest under the shadow.


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