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Digital Design - Module 01 Semester 1, 2018 Moon Yan Cheah 885869 Han Li + Studio 17

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)

Diagrams do not play a representational role for their dynamic object and mediate between physical constructs and concepts of organisational level. Thier performance depends on how they are deployed. On the other hand, a symbol is a sign which refers to its dynamic object through a formal representation. The relationship between form and content is arbitrary and immateful for signs.


Week One

Precedent Analysis

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Image 2: The section of the structure is traced on plan view. Image 3: After the lines are arraged and extruded to create the structure, the sides are trimmed. Image 4: The openings are trimmed.

Image 1: Peter Zumthor’s Serpentine Pavilion (Source: Frearson, A, Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2011 by Peter Zumthor | Dezeen, Accessed March 10, 2018. serpentine-gallery-pavilion-2011-by-peter-zumthor-2/.)

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The section of the structure is traced according to the section drawing. Then, it is scaled to the same size as the plan drawing of the structure. The curves are arranged according to the plan and are extruded to make surfaces of the structure. The sides are trimmed and combined together to form the pavilion. Lastly, the openings are trimmed.


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 concept of Peter Zumthor’s Serpentine Pavilion is that it is a “garden within a garden” and encourages people to contemplate and observe the garden within the pavilion. The structure acts as a backdrop to showcase the garden and also provides a space for people to relax and take in the pleasures of the garden. As one enters the pavilion from the lawn, one will first be consumed by darkness in the corridor, and as you move in further, a garden sits in the middle of the pavilion. This provides people a different experience and brings about pleasure and relaxation, therefore allows for an appropriation of use.


Week Two


Peter Zumthor - Serpentine Pavilion Peter Zumthor’s Serpentine Pavilion is a simple structure with a central garden. It aims to encourage people to contemplate and enjoy the view of the garden. The pavilion is modelled using the plan and section of this precendent study. The internal structures such as the timber studs and noggings are modelled in more detailed, so that it could be shown clearly in the section. While modelling, I learnt that the circulation path of the pavilion is quite straightforward as the inner corridor and the pathway that circulates the garden are straight and guides people into the central garden through the many openings. As for the threshold, as people enter into the structure, they will experience darkness in the outer hallway, and are guided into the inner hallway by the light that shines through the openings. When they are in the central garden, they will have a different experience (brightness), as opposed to being in the dark hallway. This in-between space between the outside and the inner central garden is the threshold of the structure. This pavilion is constructed using rows of timber frames in order to support the structure.


Week Two Diagrams




Primary pathways

Threshold(Light and Dark)



The circulation path in Peter Zumthor’s Serpentine Pavilion is quite straightfor-

The threshold of this structure is defined by light and darkness. As one enters

ward, as there are straight hallways between the inner wall and outer wall

the pavilion, one will be consumed by darkness in the outer hallway. Guided

of the structure, leading to the central garden. Inside the central garden,

by the light that comes through the openings, people are led into the inner

people would circulate around the garden, to observe and enjoy the scene.

hallway and the garden. This transition from dark to light defines the threshold of the structure.




The section diagram of the structure is imported into Rhino and traced accordingly.

The plan diagram is imported into Rhino. Then, the traced element is scaled to the same size as in the plan diagram and rotated 90 degree, so that it is perpendicular to the diagram.

The traced element is arranged on the plan diagram and extruded to make surfaces.

All of the surfaces are arranged to create a structure. Then, the corner of the structure is trimmed. 7

Appendix Process

The same is repeated for the other corner of the structure.

All four sides of the pavilion are trimmed according to the plan.

All four sides are combined to create the pavilion.

The size of the opening is traced based on the section diagram and extruded to become a cuboid. Then, the cuboid is placed at areas where the opening is located. This area is trimmed to create an opening. 8



The same is done for the openings for the inner wall of the pavilion.

The pavilion model is scaled to the correct size.

The pavilion model is made 2D and exported to Illustrator.

Different parts of the pavilion are separated and made 2D. Then, it is exported to Illustrator. 9

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