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916656 Han Li + Studio 16

Saibal Dutta

Semester 1, 2018

Digital Design - Module 01


“A diagram is a tool that describes relationships and prescribes performances in space. I does not necessarily contain metric or geometric information” “An icon is a sign which itself expresses the qualities of its dynamic object that is to say an icon is a material expression of the qualities, functions and properties of the object itself, but the materiality of the icon is not relevant to its performance “ ( Between Ideas and Matters p238 – 39)

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)

Reading: Zeara Polo, A. 2010. Between Ideas and Matters.

Week One

Week One


Due to the complexity of this pavilion a organised layer setup was integral to a smooth workflow. First step was to import all the drawings using the ‘pictureFrame’ command then to scale them to 1:1. Next I constructed a box with the drawings given and traced the north and south elevations, which was then staggered according to the plans and lofted to construct the outer shell. The interior shell was a loft of the ground and openings in the outer shell, openings were then punched and a ramp added.


Available at: https://www.archdaily.

Zaha Hadid Architects - 24. [online]

(2018). Gallery of Burnham Pavilion /

the exterior skin LEFT IMG : ArchDaily.

skins. LEFT : Top View with slits cut out of

ometry of two shells and loft between

ABOVE : Elevation with descriptive ge-

and the ground v

ed using the openings in the outer shell

TOP LEFT : Interior (green) skin construct-

Precedent Analysis


When design is extremely functional i.e it has been designed with one task in mind i.e a chair, then it can never be used as anything but a chair, compare this to a solid box, one can use this box to sit on, or can use it as a table if required. The Burnham pavilion is ‘extremely functional’ meaning that it cannot be used for many things other than to be admired by its visitors; the views inside the pavilion and the path taken by people is extremely scripted leaving less to interpretation. For example upon entry the main oval is about 7m wide however one can only walk through 3.81m (width of path) entry is further directed by having a 40cm ramp, in most areas people cannot touch the walls because of the inner curvature.

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)

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

Week Two


The isometric is a model of the Burnham pavilion completed by Zaha Hadid Architects for Chicago in 2009. This pavilion was modelled in rhino by first drawing a box to scale and then aligning all the given plans and sections to scale on the box. Then close loops were traced which formed the ribs (presumably this is how the pavilion was constructed) and then lofted (I imagine the construction was in a similar manner skinning with some sort of textile) then the interior skin was lofted from the roof openings and floor, openings were punched through and the space in-between the 2 skins patched. The circulation is almost as if the building sucks you in through a deceptively small opening and then releases you into an airy interior. The threshold is wide (the two skins as opposed to a door opening) furthering the funnelling effect of the building. `

Burnham Pavilion


Week Two




Diagram show the circulation and its sucking effect, how the openings acts as funnels for movement. The diagram above shows the main flow of traffic, with high flow connecting the two entrance/exits and a offshoot stagnated area where people can stand – this flow is reminiscent of a water pool perhaps





Diagram has outer skin removed, orange and red show the thresholds (red highlighting entry). The concentric circles above represent the area a person is able to stand on the inside and then and the distance to the wall at shoulder height (i.e you are confined to the small circle and cannot touch the walls because of their scooping nature)




Week Two


thickness, openings are a loft of two shells.

LEFT : Constructing the Interior shell, walls have no

ABOVE : Layer layouts

ed as a box using “interpCrvOnSrf’ Command

TOP LEFT : Tracing the elevations which are construct-





Pink part was the hardest to achieve, joining the two skins was integral for this model

the loft and sweep2 commands a threshold between the two was constructed

After two shells were constructed the difficult part was joining them, using a combination of


mand was utilised to close the shape.


the plane below, the binding around the ramp was done with patch and then the cap com-

the ramps were the final piece of the model a curve had to be drawn and then projected to

where the edge was duplicated and extruded to cut the base to size

Base was added to raise the pavilion by 41cm. the base was split using the exterior shell;



The Finished model was then made into 2d and linework edited in illustrator

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