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Digital Design - Module 01 Semester 1, 2018 Megan Corbett

(914475) Xiaoran Huang - Studio 3

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)

Symbols themselves are preforming formal representational roles of dynamic forms such as trophies, while the sign might not have any connection to an object at all. Meanwhile the Diagram is a tool developing the organisational programs of the physical space under conception. It focuses on relationships in dynamic spaces, showing how it spaces function and interconnect trough time and the movement of people, as in my diagrams. There are of course a wide range of uses that extend the ones I have produced, while they might appear simple, diagrams hold within themselves large amounts of information that when clearly realised, deliver messages or reveal moments within the work.


Week One

Precedent Analysis

Elevation - shows degree of canopy contour.

Baan, Iwan. Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2009: Designed by Kazuyo Sejima + Ryue Nishizawa / SANAA, 2009,

As seen in the image to the left, architects Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa of Sanaa look up at their finished design for the 2009 serpentine pavilion. The structure can be viewd in full above, it shows the reflective 3mm aluminum plating from a high vantage point reflecting the surrounding trees beautifully.

(N/a). In Pictures: SANAA’s Serpentine Pavilion, 2009,


Bones of the Structure - the space is organised through treshold changes in the groud plane and structural elements. Mirror - the model is shown from the underside, expressing the pavilions ‘feild’ of poles.

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)

Herzberger discusses the rigid functionality of many buildings, and the need for spaces to diversify in terms of their utility, or in other words their ‘accommodating’ potential. Over time the way people use space differs, for example a set of low walls in front of a school both act as an entryway into the building, a place for children to talk afterschool, and organise playdates etc. Sanaa in their design for the serpentine pavilion broke down the threshold between the surrounding park and the trees. Although it is a structure of its own, with the reflective canopy, one can both still do the peaceful reflective gazing a park has to offer and a feeling of being immersed by nature while incorporating the functions of the pavilion e.g. the partitioned spaces for a café and presentation space.


Week Two


Sanaa - Serpentine Pavilion Sanaa’s Pavilion design was composed of a undulating reflective aluminium canopy, suspened on top of thin metalic coloumns.This allowed the pavilion to both appear to float and nessel into the surrounding park bounded by condrete with pebble accents. In the modeling process I included these main features, going into particular detail with the change of materials of the ground and the pannaling system of the canopy. Interestingly, I found that after plotting the heights of all the coloums, the patch tool created pannels almost exactly as the drawings of the pavilion suggested.This is just to show that this was designed in simular programs. Circulations and thresholds reveal themselves with the placement of the glass barriers and pathwaysInsert a brief description of your isometric here. It was interesting to see how many ways they tried to fully emerse this structure in nature. For example, the some coloumn remain outside of the concrete base, suggesting a growth from the parks earth itself rather than constructed by humans. the scattering of coloumns also emables more free circulation as one can entre or exist from any point (although the concrete paths suggest otherwise).


Week Two Diagrams



The main circulation paths and areas with main areas of funcition identified and structure overlayed.

Highlighting the variations of materials on the groud, structural elements and the pannaling system of the canopy.



Appendix Process

Poles Useing data provided from images sources from LMS and research into precedent I was able to acuratly plot the coloumn height.

Canopy These poles also gave me points that I patched to form a mesh surface as the canopy of the pavilion.




Patch Isocurve Coincedince The meshes isocures just so happened to match up with the provided datas lines for the panels on the canopy after I played around with the mesh comonents enough.

Drawing for Diagrams. After modeling the precedent and getting an idea of what its structure meant for the tresholds and circulation I planed out some of the layouts.


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