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Digital Design - Module 01 Semester 1, 2018 Shiho Margaret Takahashi (821698) Xiaoran Huang Studio 3

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?

Icons, indexes and symbols are all signs which deal with the dynamic object through expressing its quality, manifesting its influence by an action, or through a formal representation. On the other hand, Diagrams do not take on the representational role of its dynamic object and its performance is determined by how it is deployed. Diagrams are also specific to space and helps us to broaden the possibilities of what can be created by generating organisations that are completely new and therefore cannot be imagined by the human mind.


Week One

Precedent Analysis

1. (left) - image of Bad Hair Pavilion, taken 7 years ago. Potter, Andy. “Bad Hair Day Pavilion (C) Andy Potter :: Geograph Britain and Ireland. Accessed March 04, 2018. uk/photo/2556564. 2. (top middle) - Perspective 3. (bottom middle) - Front View 4. (right) - Plan View

The modeling process began from tracing the details of each timber beam from the detail. This was followed by creating a base with spheres and cones, and the beams were rotated and placed above it. After this process, all the layers were rotated again and assembled together. Fine adjustments were made at the very end to best represent the Bad Hair 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.

The Bad Hair pavilion serves many purposes other than fulfilling its role as a final outcome of a project. Considerations have been made during the process of designing this piece so that it may serve as an event space, a meeting place, as well as a street furniture. The various types of curvature accommodates actions such as leaning and sitting for people of various age and heights. The open dome like space in the center creates a sense of privacy for the people occupying that space, however it is not completely walled off from the surrounding space and therefore a coexistence of both a private and public condition is achieved. The smaller spaces created between each curved timber beam offers ‘informal hospitality’ to individuals as well. Due to its well thought out scale and form, the ‘accommodating potential’ of the structure can be considered as very high.


Week Two


AA Pavilion - Bad Hair The Isometric on the left is a model of the Bad Hair pavilion created on Rhinoceros. The modeling process began from interpreting the given document, which included the plan, section, elevation and several details on several layers of the structure. After understanding the document, beams were traced and extruded. Sphere and cone bases were made in order to determine the angles and curves of the beams in each layer. After composing each layer, they were then assembled together and rotated to match the provided plan. Minor adjustments were necessary to ensure that the beams were not touching or crossing over in unnecessary places. All joints were decided to be shown as well as the metal plates on the ground. This allowed the structure to be read at ease and the plates gave a sense of grounding to the isometric. The concept of threshold and circulation came hand in hand with this pavilion. It was difficult to separate the two and find an ideal way to represent it in a diagram. There is visual threshold in every gap between the beams and physical threshold exists in evey gap that the human boday can walk through. This means that the circulation within and around this pavilion is not systematic and varies from person to person.


Week Two Diagrams

Circulation Diagram

Threshold Diagram

The model was split in half to show the circulation within the pavilion. From the bottom, I have diagramed the main paths or human circulation. The next diagram highlights the main area of circulation.

The bottom diagram depicts the physical thresholds of this pavilion, the darker shade being the main points of entrance and exit. The bottom two depicts the visual threshold from outside looking in. All three combined depicts thresholds of air, light, rain, etc.




Step 1.

Step 2.

Step 3.

Given details of each beam in each level were traced then extruded by its thickness. Details of half of layer 1 and layer 3 were not given. Layer 2 was used as a base to create layer 3. Half of layer 1 was mirrored to create the rest of the curve.

Spheres and cones were modeled to based off the given document. The sphere indicates the curve of the beam and the cone indicates where the beam meats the sphere when rotated and put on an angle.

Each beam was rotated as per document and mirrored to match each layer plan. At this point, the cross over of the tips of layer one had not been resollved. Eventually, bend and twist was used to resolve this.

(view from underneath)


Appendix Process

Step 4.

Step 5.

Step 6.

Angles and intersection of the beams in each layer was resolved (except for layer 1). Layer 4 had to be done using a different method. The beams were places over the plan and individually rotated.

Each layer was then rotated based on layer 2, as per document. Adjustments were necessary for height and width as layer 1 and 3 beams were not 100% accurate (refer to step 1).

Details of joints and ground plates. Each layer of beams had different joints, and only layer 2 and 3 have ground plates.




Step 7.

Step 8.

Step 9.

Attempted exploding each layer to brainstorm a way to diagram circulation and threshold. However this only gave information about the structure and was not helpful in visually representing circulation and threshold.

To resolve the issue in step 7, the model was split in half for the circulation diagram. This made the diagraming easier to read and understand.

The areas of threshold were developed on Rhinoceros and filled with low opacity in Illustrator. The different thresholds were exploded upwards to make it easier to read. The main areas of threshold were filled with a slightly higher opacity.


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