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Digital Design - Module 01 Semester 1, 2018 Qianqian Yuan (Rhea) 873239 Samuel Lalo Studio 11

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)

As a crucial part of architectural discourse, Zeara Polo believes that the diagram is a tool for displaying spatial relationships and performance. In terms of signs, Charles Peirce has classified the signs as icons, indexes and symbols. It establishes the relationship between concepts and forms. Diagram always has a spatial correlation. It does not like symbols and signs which need to include metrics and geometric information. But symbols as one kind of signs, it often refers to its dynamic object. Moreover, diagram is more likely the logic of sensation aimed at bring forward new worlds.


Week One

Precedent Analysis

This picture is the plan of Toyo Ito’ s Serpentine Pavillion. In the left side of Pavillion, it’s the Serpentine Gallery. Chase Mitchell Jordan, Serpentine Pavillion’s Site Plan, 2018, unknown, structural-analysis-toyo-itos-serpentine-pavilion/

At first i put the plan view to Rhino, and traced the line. Then offset and extruded the line, so the beam could have thickness. In order to distinguish different sides’ beams, I used the different colour. After that I extruded the surface where the solid is. It really took much time to find which part is solid and which part is glazing, since not all the empty space is filled with figure.


Week Two

Reading: Hertzberger H. 2005. The in-between and The Habitable Space Between Things, from Lessons for Students in Architecture. Herzberger discuss 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)

Serpentine Pavilion began with the construction of a steel framed grillage. The roof is supported by the temporary scaffold. Then crane placed the four side sections and further development of the installation module would extend from the edge of the roof to centre. Then the temporary scaffold was moved out, and the roof would take its own weight. So it saved up the material and decreased the extra cost.


Week Two


Toyo Ito - Serpentine Pavilion I chose the isometric view from this direction since all the tables, desks and the bar could be seen (which is showed in next page). When I use Ai to improve the line works, I try to make the glazing part transparent so it can show the hidden line bleow the ceiling. Not all the empty space without solid is glazing, so I have checked many pictures in order to find the true one. It really took me much time to find which part is glazing and which part is solid. ÂŹThe circulation in building is always relevant to the entrance, exit, gathering space. Using the idea of ‘shortest path’, it is easy to find how people flow through the space. So to show the density of circulation, I made the tables, desks and bar in more details because the density is higher than other place. Threshold constitutes the spatial condition for the meeting and dialogue between areas of different orders. There are four entrances, and the main entrance is opposite to the Serpentine Gallery so that when people finish the visiting, they can just walk to the pavilion. Toyo Ito used the beams to form the door which is really different from other architects. And this pavilion used the glazing, steel, beam and the solid to form an amazing architecture.


Week Two Diagrams

Circulation Diagram

Threshold Diagram

From the top to bottom, they are door and circulation paths, density of circulation, primary circulation space and interior architecture. I model the interior architecture since it is relevant to the circulation. As soon as you walk in this pavilion from main entrance, you can see a bar. And the density of area where interior architecture existed is higher than other place. The cylinder in the left side is the information centre.

From the top to bottom, they are glazing, solid, structure and the base. I used the different colour to express the different sides of the structure, and the dark blue and grey to show the shadow of model. The green part on the bottom is grass. In addition, the steps show where entrance is.




This picture shows the entire process during my modeling. From tracing to offseting the curve, from modeling the beam to modeling the glazing and solid, and from the indoor architecture to the outdoor steps, the modeling process helped me better understand the meaning of circulation and threshold.


Appendix Process

Bar Ai line work

Rhino model When I made the model of the bar, I really had problem with project the curve (door) on the extrusion. I cannot project the curve. I tried again and again but it didn’t work. So I typed another command ‘Pullback’ and then it worked. This process really wasted me a lot of time.

Interior architecture Architizer, Serpentine Gallery Pavilion with Toyo Ito, 2012, Aechitizer,




This is the other side of the model. The left door is pavilion’s main entrance. The structure of the overall model can be seen through this two figures.

Solid Slope



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