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Digital Design - Module 01 Semester 1, 2018 Mandy Sun

912025 Chelle Yang, Studio 2

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 refer to a dynamic object through formal representation, reconstructing the tangible. However, diagrams mediate between physical constructs and concepts on an organisational and functional level. They are reductive and precise, able to dissect a concept and reveal and define relationships between elements as opposed to pure representation. Moreover, the performances of space and the associated sensations and mood. Rather than reproducing the real, they can be employed as a projective tool, enabling the creation of new worlds. The diagrammatic nature enables more ambiguous evaluations and perceptions of an outcome, hence ergonomic and functional information to be incorporated.


Week One

Precedent Analysis

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Fig 1. Perspective view of the Summer House from the West. Iwan Baan, Ina Reinecke, Serpentine Summer House by Barkow Leibinger, June 2016, Accessed March 10, 2018. serpentine-summer-house-barkow-leibinger Fig 2. Rhino plan view of Summer House seats and walls in shaded view. Fig 3. Rhino South East isometric view of modelled seats, walls and outer roofing in shaded view Fig 4. Rhino South East isometric view of full model, displaying 1PM shadow using the sun command.

I began exploring the Summer House through photos and orthographic images using Rhino. “BackgroundBitmap” allowed me to trace over the main structures in plan view. I extruded and offest them to the appropriate heights and widths. Once the overall forms were modelled, i experimented with the “sun” command, which provided further information on cirulation and threshhold.


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. (100 words Maximum)

Herzeberger believes in the concept of form playing various roles and providing affordances for different features under altering circumstances. If something is programmed and geared specifically to achieve a certain function, it only carries the minimum accommodating potential of utility. It is vital for form and space to be more receptive to different environments and situations. Objects that appear to be explicitly and openly presented are typically exclusive to a specific purpose and deemed unsuitable for other purposes. For instance, to allow people to take possession of and interact with their direct environment, the most basic provision is seating. The Summer House seating formation alongside the c-shaped walls offer an opportunity for temporary appropriation, providing affordances for rest, play and social exchange.


Week Two


SouthEast isometric view The isometric view of the Summerhouse was modelled using Rhino through extrusion and offsetting. It was later coloured in illustrator via the gradient and live paint tool to display depth. The 3 c-shaped structural walls forming the core of the summer house have been displayed in a thicker line weight, as they direct the flow of movement towards the structure and influence how people perceive and utilise the space. Dashed lines have been incorporated in areas where the general form of the walls have been hidden from view. There is no defined entrance or exit, rather how people enter or leave the space is in accordance to the shadows created from the form of the roof and the curving placement of the walls. The open, ribbonlike looping roof offers various views through the framing of the geometric patterning. The threshold can be defined by the roof and its shadows projected throughout different times of the day. They create a sense of security and shelter, producing different atmospheres as people step within the boundaries of the summer house. Furthermore, the 3 walls can enhance this threshold through the formation of 3 separate territories, perhaps for different groups of friends and families, depending on how people perceive and interact with the walls and seats.


Week Two Diagrams

Circulation diagram

Threshhold diagram

The formation of the walls direct the flow of traffic, enhanced by the ribbon-like form of the outer roof

The formation of the roof and its shadows generated throughout thecourse of the day from 9AM – 5PM

structure and the seats lining the walls in self-generating forms. People generally flock towards these 3

creates a threshold. It appears that the West side is always present in shade during this period. Hence,

main walls, coming from all angles of the meadow, but mostly from the temple and the road (East and

people are most likely to be drawn to this space and gather around the Western seats, as opposed

NW of the structure). The density increases the towards the core of the structure. There is both static

to the South where barely any shade is offered. Moreover, the 3 c-shaped walls can create threshold

activity and dynamic movement across the seats and around the walls.

through offering 3 separate territories, in accordance to how people perceive and utilise the area.



Images used for reference

Elevations and plan views of the summer house used to model on Rhino. Serpentine Summer House by Barkow Leibinger, June 2016, Melbourne university LMS


Appendix Process

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Fig. 1 Utilising the function “BackgroundBitmap” to place plan view to scale and “_InterpCrv” to

Fig. 2 Extruding the seats and walls to the appropriate heights in shaded mode, using the previous

trace over the form of the base seats and walls of the structure in top view.

orthographic images and photos as reference.

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Fig. 3 View in South East isometric view in shaded mode - continuing to modelling the rest of the struc-

Fig 4. Using the command “Make2D” in the South East isometric view of the separate components of


the structure.




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Fig. 5 Exporting the Make2D files into illustrator and adjusting line weights, ensuring the walls hid-

Fig. 6 Using the live paint tool to create a grayscale gradient on the surface of the plywood.

den from view are visible (0.25 pt for walls and seats, 0.1 pt for roof structure)

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Fig. 7 Grouping the different components together to form the circualtion and threshhold dia-

Fig 4. Using a multitude of arrows and lineweights, adjusting their oppacity and colour to convey circu-


lation through space and to display the threshhold created by the structure.


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