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Digital Design - Module 01 Semester 1, 2019 Yuan Gao

(881639) Dan Paker + Studio 12


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)

Diagram does not play a representational role for their dynamic object, and mediate between physical constructs and concepts or percepts on an organisational level. Their performance depends on how they deployed. It works on collecting the ideas and organizeing them to get benefit. But sign is an index that manifests the influences of its dynamic object. A symbol is a material expression of the qualities, functions and properties of the sub itself. Moreover, a symbol is a sign which refers to its dynamic object through a formal represent.


Week One

Precedent Analysis

Figure. 2. Processing plan. Figure. 3. Pavilion elevation. Figure. 4. Finished Plan.

Figure.1. John Gollings, M Pavilion, 2018. The references contains the processing plan, pavilion elevation and finished plan. It can be seen that I started to build the lamdscape first, which is to build irregular hills. And then I began to build the structure of the whole pavilion. the panels are the most difficult parts for me, so they are arranges at the last step.


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)

Timber is the major of M pavilion, which shows a harmony between the pavilion and nature. The pavilion can be divided into three parts, which are benches, walls and roofs. The stripe-shaped roof is aesthetically pleasing and practical, not only for shading but also for ventilation. In terms of walls, which is also of timber-structure,is in a harmony with the environment. Meanwhile, it can be used for people to lean on. The main point is that the entire building is a semi-open structure, and visitors can enter from every direction, which is very interesting.


Week Two


Isometric view M pavilion is mainly composed with three parts, which are steel structure, wood panels and concrete benches. The process of making the panels was the most difficult part for me, because of so many details. The roof structure is of the most detail, it includes interior structure like I beams, C purlins and timber ceilings. The angle of roof was also a problem. In terms of cirtculation, I mainly foucus on the movement of people and people gathering. The movements contains the entrance, the main movement and separate paths. Moreover, it’s got more than one entrance and exists, it looks more like a semi-open space. For threshold, walls are an important point as It can distinguish between interiol and exterior space, and can also plays a role of blocking sunshine.


Week Two Diagrams

People gatherin Private space Public space Threshold



Since the pavilion is semi-opened and lack of well-difined entrances, the paths way can be free and of all directions. However, the basement can be a attractor point that people may often go in.

The three hills can be considered as threshold. The hills help distinguish the external space from interior space of M pavilion. The two walls can also be threholds. Most of the sunlight is blocked by the walls to provide a shadow. Moreover, people can lean against the wall, which can form a relatively private space while the middle part


is a public space.



Draw basic lines of the hills.

Interior space of M pavilion, which can help doing threshold part.

Loft the lines to make hills and build the curved stone steps.

Overall look of M pavilion.

Apply the plan, section and elevation drawings in rhino and build the structure.


Appendix Process

Roof structure Details of roof panels.

Details of wall panels.

Details of cellar




Elevation and plan of cellar.(rendering)


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