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Digital Design - Module 01 Semester 1, 2018 Samuel Richard Mart 812899 Han Li + Studio 17

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)

The distinction between the idea can be specify to its performance, form, and the relationship between each other. Icon can be defined as the symbol of quality of the object it represents. It does not represent the object’s performance making the relationship between the form and performance of an icon not related. Symbol has a more arbitrary relation between its object’s form and content. Diagram does not represent its object. The performance also greatly depends on how it is used. The use of diagram can convey mood or sensation which create a more spatial expression of an object.


Week One

Precedent Analysis



Plan View


Fig. 1. Hadid, Zaha. Burnham Pavillion. 2009. Accessed March 3, 2018. https://www.

During the process of modelling the Burnham Pavilion, the shape and placement of each element needs to be considered thoroughly. The changes of line structure and placement largely affect the shape overall. Misplacement of frame line will affect the continuity of the exterior thus resulting in the shape of other components such as openings.


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)

When design is restricted to its functionality, space use can be unnatural and uncomfortable for the people using it. In designing a structure, appropriate proportion of space designated solely on function and space with no purpose must be considered thoroughly. In the Burnham pavilion, the threshold gives a sense of continuity. people are unconsciously can enter and exit without them being fully aware.


Week Two


Burnham Pavillion The isometric displays the unique shape and use of material. The opening on top of the pavilion also contributes in the distinctive feature of the pavilion. During the modelling process, understanding the plan, section and elevation is critical. It requires trials of different method or different command in Rhino to achieve similar shape. In the isometric view, features such as the frame, looseness of the exterior material, and the top opening of the pavilion shows the relation of between the geometry. A more detail modelling was applied between each frame to get the similar characteristic of the material. The circulation of the pavilion allows people to move freely while maintaining the sense of being in a closed space. The pavilion shows a careful consideration between the proportion of walls and opening. In terms of construction, frame and material used allow the building to show its free form while keeping its firmness as a structure Burnham pavilion which was designed to celebrate Daniel Burnham and his ambition for the plan of Chicago. The pavilion’s dynamic form showcases the ambition for innovation. It symbolizes the advancement of technology and what people can achieve by utilizing it.


Week Two Diagrams



There are two large opening which allow free movement for the visitors. There is no explicit design used in determining the entrance or the exit allowing visitor to go freely from/to any direction.

The threshold in the pavilion allow people to know that the space is open to everyone.




1. The frame line initially was traced from the north and south elevation (Plan view)

3. Aligned frame from north and south elevation

2. The frame was rotated into horizontal position and were aligned to the original structure line

4. The frame after Sweep2 command. The frame showed a difference in heigh resulting in a non continuous shape


5. Opening was added

Appendix Process

1. The second attempt use different approach. A 3D Oval was made on top of the original plan view and CageEdit command was used

3. Second smaller 3D oval as the interior

2. The 3D Oval after CageEdit

4. A more accurate frame line can be found from the shape, but the interior makes the use of loft later difficult




2. Detail of the top opening was added by Extuding the original shape and intersect it with the exterior. Trim command is then used to hollow out the opening

1. After the original frame and the previous shape Intersect, a more accurate frame was produced (blue line). To create the material texture, another line is added between the blue lines (red line). The red line is the Offset into smaller size. The command Loft is used in the sequence of blue line, red line and blue line.

3. The interior is produced by Lofting lines from the original interior plan. Similarly the opening for the entrance and exit were lofted from the original section.


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