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Digital Design - Module 01 Semester 1, 2019 Shahla Marabel-Whitburn 911240 Michael Mack, 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 are used as an expression of an idea or concept, they focus on many outcomes rather than a specific piece of information. On the other hand, symbols and signs convey very specific and easily understandabe information, they are used appropriately to repsent a specific movement or object.


Week One

Precedent Analysis

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Fig. 2. Elevation of interior structure showing the different heights of each section. Fig. 3. Plan view of the major roof structure Fig. .4 Elevation of final model showing different directions of the outer layer timber.

Fig.1. Claridge Architects, Queen’s Park Pavilion, 2015

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The modelling process was focused heavily on using the plan and elevation prvodied to ensure that I included all details. Figure 2 shows the inner structure which I created second (after the base) and which was the most important part to ensure that the Pavilion was in proportion. I then created the roof structure which is shown in Figure 3. I focused a lot of time on this section to make sure it was correct and true to the actual Pavilion. This required using photographs of the pavilion as well as the plans. Finally, I created the outer layer timber using the elevation plan I was provided with. I also needed to use photographs like Figure 1 which gave me more detail on how the timber stood up above the main inner structure.


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)

Hertzberger argues that objects are to be designed without a constraint of having one prupose. He believes that this is a more efficient way of using a space, by allowing the people using the space to explore the possibilities. The Queens Park Pavilion by Claridge Architects does not define how the space should be used, but rather, creates an aesthically pleasing structure with multiple uses. The varying heights and sizes of the individual rooms allows for each to have a different form of intimacy and experience. The Pavilion provides opportunity to walk through and admire the construction and how the light reacts with it, or for prolonged visits, due the gaps of the outer layer creating a blur between the exterior and interior spaces.


Week Two


North East Isometric This isometric view was chosen as my main reference as it shows most of the features of the Pavilion. Firstly, it shows the detail of the architecture by Claridge Architectures by showing both the inner and outer frame. Furthermore, this image also highlights the shadows that the Pavilion creates through the openings between each beam on the outer layer and the roof structure. This allows the image to depict the shadow experience of those who occupy the space. The orientation of the image also provides the viewer with an understanding of the larger openings and walkways throughout the Pavilion. The two entracnes are shown as well as the two walkways inside the Pavilion which depict the specific pathway that is intended to be used by the occupants. By providing one clear pathway from one entrance to the other, the architects allowed those using the space to focus more on the individual rooms that are created with the varying heights of the Pavilion, along with the beauty of the exterior construction. The gaps in the exterior frame also add to the experience of those using the space by blurring the lines between the interior and exterior.


Week Two Diagrams



This diagram shows the circulation of those who occupy the space. The colours decribe which paths are expected to be used most. The red therefore shows the most common path as it is the most direct pahway from one entrace to the other.

This diagram describes the thresholds present in the Pavilion. The Blue colour represents the entrances and the doorways whic are used to walk through the space. The red colour describes the way the outer layer allows light and shadow to create a new experience when walking through the space.




My first step was saving the plans in the from Claridge Architects and importing them to Rhino so that I could use them to help me with modelling them. I used top view to trace the wall lines and used the elevation image to extrude it to the correct height in order to ensure that my 3D model was the correct proportion.

I then used the top view again to trace the size of each vertical beam which would act as the interior support for the structure. These were there extruded using the elevation to find the correct height.


Appendix Process

To make sure that I got the outer frame in proportion with each slab being the correct size and distance from each other, I traced it on top view form an elevation plan and moved them over to the 3D model. Once I had placed them in the right position, I comtinued to use top view and the plan to extrude the polylines tot eh correct size.

In order to do the roof structure, I had to use another image which I imported into rhino for reference.




Once the outer layer was extruded I copy and pasted as many as I could so that it would be true to the real Pavilion and used and edited those dimensions to create the areas that were missed.

Finally, I was ready to make 2D and Viewcapturetofile into illustrator to create my final images and diagrams. Before doing this, I imported an image of the pavilion to check that it all matched up correctly.


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