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Digital Design - Portfolio Semester 1, 2019 Matthew Blode

911870 Alison Fairley + Studio 20


Matthew Blode email:


Education: 2017 - current Bachelor of Design


Precedent Study

Work Experience: 2018


Generating Design Through Digital Processes

Awards / Exhibition: 2019


Queen Victoria Garden Pavilion

S. Group - Web developer and designer

Dean’s Honours List

Digital Design was the most challenging yet fulfilling subject that I have done this semester. I am not an architecture student, however, I found the expectation of quality and high standards pushed me to accomplish designs that I’m proud of and I never thought possible. The content of the modules placed me in the deep end, forcing me to grasp parametric and generative design using Rhino and Grasshopper. My designs were motivated by the Dieter Rams quote that “Good design is as little as possible”. Therefore, I strived for focus on core concepts and ideas that extended throughout the entire task.

Skills: Rhino Grasshopper Unreal Photoshop

I did not design my own pavilion in the first module, however, it allowed me to create new solutions to a design that had already been solved. I had to recreate the Edinborough pop-up pavilion in Module 1 which is split into distinct panels. Therefore, I created the design of the pavilion unfolding like an origami structure which taught me to think out of the box. For module 2 and 3, I learned digital fabrication methods including 3D printing, laser cutting and intricate model making which brought my designs into the real world.

Illustrator Indesign Fabrication

I should keep trying to improve my time management when it comes to complex tasks. Finally, I should attempt to simplify and iterate through concepts faster in order to not get stuck with a project that is not feasible.


Diagramming Design Precedent

For my precedent study, I chose to design the Edinborough pop-up pavilion. The key concept of the pavilion was the fact that it was a combination of a repeating set up panels that we folded in together. This project forced me to use Rhino in a challenging and new way by recreating an existing structure. The pavilion in more complex than meets the eye as the hinges, angles, panel thickness, and cladding all act as challenges to perfectly shape the structure together.

Isometric of your precedent study


Threshold Diagram

Circulation Diagram


Generating Ideas Through Process


Design Matrix


Surface and Waffle The panelling of my 2 surfaces utilises 3 different panel designs that are woven together using an attractor point. The panel has a transitional space between the flat planes and the dual triangular peaks with an intermediate combination. The waffle structure of my model is consists of 9x9 fins where the high density provides strong support and allows for a standing structure. The 2 surfaces flex away from each which created a challenge for the construction of the final form.


Computation Workflow

Create a 150 x 150 mm box that is deconstructed into the vertex

Use the deconstructed box to map 2 planes that are constrained within.

Finally use the generated surfaces to divide the surface into a 5x5 array


This is defined by dividing the edges into 11 points and creating sliders to customise the shape.

of squares. Then use the subdivisions and apply custom panels.


Task 01 Full Page Photo


The process of creating the laser cut files for my panelled surfaces and waffle structure was relatively simple, however, it was my first experience using a laser cutter and I had to reprint twice for each. The unrolling and tabbing process was surprisingly pleasant as the geometries were fortunately basic. For the waffle structure, I forgot to delete the corner lines and I had made the fins too wide.




The isometric section views of my solid and void geometry depict the 2 juxtaposing forms of the wave and hexagon pattern. Inspired by the Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland, this section is highly reflective of that astounding naturally occurring landmark. The hexagon is generated in a repeat pattern yet the sizes shrink and grow in a natural flow which compliment the rolling wave frequency.


Design Matrix


Computational Process

Specify the size of the hexagon and how many times it repeats on the X

Use the image sampler of a black and white water flowing image and

Extrude the hexagon pattern vertically and cap the holes. Use

and Y axis.

use it to define the hexagon radius.

this form to boolean from a wave pattern.


M2 Task 2 3D Printing

The image sampled pattern adds complexity to the hexagonal openings.

The photography is backlit to allow light to flow through as if it is a lamp.

3D printing in Makerbot took approximately 4 hours and I had to consider the thinnes of the structures and how the support is generated for the model.


The hexagonal pavilion structure is a combination of landscape architecture and a concrete inner roof that defines the 5x5x5 metre boundary of the pavilion. Whereby the structure transitions between concrete into a soil and grass outer form, continuing into the surrounding plane. The hexagonal steps that lead into the core of the pavilion underground are inspired by the Giant’s Causeway in Northern Island with matching rocky surface and hexagonal columns. This structure weaves into the natural landscape where the tripoint mound and undulating form is juxtaposed with a 6 point hexagonal polygon with sharp and angular forms.

Queen Victoria Garden Pavilion




Design Iteration

The first iteration reflects the basic structure of the tri-point mounds but lacks height and holes.

The second stage includes great variability in height along. It also contains hexagonal holes in each tile depnding on height. Lastly, it has an opening for the underground.


The final stage of the design includes an underground concrete structure, stairs leading into the chamber, and LED piping around the hexagonal holes.




Computational Process

An array of hexagons are scaled depending on the distance from the

The distance from the 3 points also defines how tall the mounds should

Finally, the two scripts are morphed together to create a hexagonal

tri-point pattern.


mesh of mounds with hexagonal openings.


Fabrication process

The final model was fabricated using 3D printing methods and laser cutting methods. The hexagonal component is printed in 2 parts with ABS plastic. I laser cut 3mm white perspex that was used as the base of the model.


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