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Digital Design - Module 01 Semester 1, 2018 Yingna Sun

900813 Dan Parker + Studio 6

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 representation role for their dynaic object, and meditate between physical constructions and concepts or percepts on an organisation level. Their performance depends on how they are deployed.’’ -- Zeara Polo As Polo suggests, diagrams are usually traced as merely revellent to the organisation of space, in which allows us designers to generate new virtual concepts and ideas rapidly. According to diagrams, signs and symbols focus on the physical representations of the dynamic objects.


Week One

Precedent Analysis



Elevation 1

Elevation 2

At the begining, it is not very easy to start modelling the Burnham Pavilion, as this pavilion is formed by series of organic curves. My first step is to build a sphere and change its shape by control points according to the giving Burnham Pavilion’s plan view and section view. Then use the shaped closed surface to get organic curves. I then sweeped these organic curves inorder to build the fabric cover of the pavillion, with a ‘U’ shape edge between each curve. At the end, two entrances and skylight openings were added on pavilion.


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.

As Herzberger suggests, design should be more focuse on manipulating the in-between spaces and creating a inviting used of structure where provides people the feeling of pleased and welcome rather than be extreme in its functionality. Zaha Hadid’s Burnham Pavilion is a typical example on how Herzberger’s idea is manipulated in a modern organic form. The Burnham Pavilion has vaious height and organic section curves with different angles. This enables people can be easily lean on and go in side the pavillion. Two large opening entrances on two sides of pavilion invites people to come inside the structure. The openings on top and large openings enable light comes in easily during the day time. It also allows visitor to see their surroundings, it is almost as if the structure blends in nature.


Week Two Isometric

Zaha Hadid’s Burnham Pavilion This isometric is chosen to show the organic space and the use of material. The skylight opening on the top of this pavilion also makes this pavilion a unique architrcture. The shadows are detailed further in Adobe Illustrator inorder to show how the skylight affects the threshold. Through this isometric view, the location of two entrance is clearly shown, as it allows viewers to see how the visitors will circulated in the pavillion. This pavilion shows a very careful consideration between the proportion of walls and opening. There are two large opening which allow free movement for visiors. The threshold in the pavilion allow people to know that the space is open to every one.


Week Two


Circulation Diagram

Threshold Diagram

Circulation diagram shows the circulation distribution and movement, structure and a rough shape of the pavilion base. These diagrams allows readers to see how people walk and distribute through the structure.

Threshold diagram depicting an exploded view of the pavillion. It clearly shows the frabric cover, supporting steel columns and the concrete base.


Appendix Process

Diagrams we have:

Start modeling:

Create a sphere. Turn on the control points to adjust the shape of the closed surface according to the giving diagrams.

Trace the section line in the plan view of the pavilion. Then project these lines on the shaped surface. 7

Appendix Process

Trim the extra bottom part of the curves by the groud line. Add a ‘U’ shaped line between each curves. Then, these lines can be used to sweep and build a fabric cover.


Trace the skylight opening on the plan view of Burnham Pavilion. Use ‘Booleandifference’ to create opennings on the fabric cover of the pavilion.

Appendix Process

Finally, use the same method to create two openings on the model. Add the interial base to the pavillion.