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Digital Design - Module 01 Semester 1, 2019 Oliver Tang

914341 Joel Collins - Studio 21

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 are communicative techniques used to condense information into quickly identifiable handles. These handles are usually, although not always, used in the arrangement of larger organisational structures such as describing movement, density or function. While signs and symbols simplify concepts for ease of communication, diagrams draw relationships between them in order to embody an idealised order which stands completely abstracted from its function in the real world. In a case by case nature, diagrams omit details and information not relevant by making seemingly arbitrary parallels with raw data, relying heavily on cultural precedence and established design conventions.


Week One

Precedent Analysis



1. Plan 2. Coverage Modules 3. Elevation

3 Powers, Richard. MPAVILION. Architecture Australia, 03/04, 2016. Modelling Amanda Levete Architects’ 2015 MPAVILION relied strongly on accurately tessellating the main two triangular and hexagonal shapes used in the coverage structure. With posts connecting both the nodes of separate units as well as supporting the entire structure above ground, it was critical that the geometry between components was compatible. Once a reliable procedure was established, assembly was merely a matter of placement (based on the given roof plan) and vertical adjustment to form the translucent canopy’s many layers. Modelling the ground level followed a similar process albeit far simpler.


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)

Intermediate spaces inherently come across as areas with unspecific usage. While inside and outside are usually very overt in their functionality, often this can be limiting in the range of purposes we may use them for. When focus shifts from extreme and bespoke functionality to more ambiguous forms, we allow the occupants themselves to dictate how the space is used. While providing shelter from the sun and rain as its primary function, Amanda Levete Architects’ M Pavilion creates an entirely transient experience as we are presented with constant and continuous shifting from direct to diffused light and natural to artificial terrain.


Week Two


Amanda Levete Architects - M Pavilion 2015 This isometric projection aims to capture the varying levels of the pavilion’s top layer of coverage as well as distinguishing it from timber flooring and garden beds on the ground level. Different tones of fill denote the different heights of the top layer while a darker fill with inverted linework aims to separate the triangular floor layer from the canopy. Thin partlines across the roof’s top surface represent the threaded arrangement of carbon fibre cores embedded inside the translucent composite petals. Transparency in the petal structure is used both to simulate its appearance in real life as well as allow the complex framework of supporting structure to be seen from above. While analysing pedestrian circulation throughout this pavilion it became clear that ground conditions may not be as clear in computer modelling view as in person. At first glance, this structure seems to be approachable and traversable in any direction. However, with a closer look we can see that navigating around the structure is limited by the placement of vegetation and dense (although very uniform) arrangement of supporting posts. The minimalistic cabinetry acts as an attracting point for observers to enjoy. There are two thresholds or ‘in-between’ spaces created by this structure. Horizontally, the transition from timber deck to plant beds to grass lawn is accompanied by the shift from hexagonal to triangular roofing elements almost acting as a visual cue for the intermediate area. Vertically, translucency in the petals diffuse sunlight to form a sheltered area underneath which is also not completely out in the open.


Week Two Diagrams

Structural Framework

Coverage Threshold






Ground Conditions

Internal Space

Occupiable Space

Ground Conditions


Thresholds (Permeability)

Main circulation in and around the pavilion is limited by vegetation around the perimeter of the pavilion. The blue diagram displays the multiple entry points to the covered space while separating it from heavier circulation around the cabinet installation.

The entire perimeter of the pavilion acts as a threshold whether functionally or aesthetically. Red zones represent areas with higher foot traffic whereas blue zones represent areas of lower foot traffic and which therefore embody a more visually communicative purpose.




Modelling structural building blocks. Details include a T-section skeleton to lofted post mounts. Extrusions filleted to estimated dimensions based on official marketing plans.

Stacked arrangement of petals.


Node-based tessellating effect.

Appendix Process

Ground conditions including chamfered extrusions to form timber deck units as well as plant models to indicate entry points and threshold transition.


Supporting posts extruded to the ground plane.

Carbon posts include smaller connecting sections joining separate petals node to node.



Carbon threaded core modelled as linework rather than pipes to aid in simplifying post-processing for presentation.

Petal heights vertically alligned to set levels of incremental offset.

Part groups exploded via Make2D and adjusting visible layers to form raw geomtry for post-processing in Adobe Illustrator.


Raw geometry exported to Adobe Illustrator and stacked for adjustment of layering, filling, opacity and line weights.

Appendix Process

Drafting and drawing diagram layers in floorplan view rather than isometric before being skewed to correct orientation and direction.

Drafting primary circulation paths.

Drafting occupiable space and foot traffic level.

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Diagramming Design Precedent

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Diagramming Design Precedent