Page 1

Digital Design - Module 01 Semester 1, 2018 Sophie Tuck

913379 Alex Wong + Studio 10

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) A diagram is an organisational tool which assists in organising space and objects. It features physical content and made up of no numerical values or data. Diagrams are often specific to a certain space and are useful as they often compact information from complex beginnings to understandable and readable information. Signs and symbols, on the other hand, are mere representations of something else, and often have no relationship with the content or information that it represents.


Week One

Precedent Analysis

Georgi Georgi. Hortus Conclusus, 2012. Photograph, Flikr, London. March 10th, 2018. https://www. N04/8209846213/

Modeling this precedent was quite difficult, due to the intersecting geometries. Ensuring that the corners of the roof matched was important, as it would contribute to the flow and focus on the internal garden. Modelling the corners of the framework was also hard, because I was unable to find photos of the corners of the framework when the pavilion was in construction. Another aspect which was challenging, was the plywood bench which ran around the perimeter of the internal space. This was a tedious process, however was an integral part of the design.


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) The narrow plywood bench which surrounds the perimeter of the interior space can be appropriated. Here, this aspect creates a place for people to sit and enjoy the garden, a place to put bags and coats down, or as images of the building show, a place where small tables can be added, to create a restaurant/ cafe where people can sit and enjoy coffee, food or read. Overall the whole interior space where the garden is can be used for a multitude of reasons. As a contemplative space or a place to photograph and document (tourist aspects).


Week Two


Zumthor’s Pavilion The main isometric only shows the shell or outside of the pavilion. This was constructed of a plywood, which was then coated with a hessian material. I have chosen to show this aspect of the design, (opposed to the internal framing) as it clearly explains the distinct shape of this pavilion, ie, the several entrance doors, the long narrow corridor as well as the internal space. It also depicts the inward sloping roof which really emphasises the internal space as well as the rectangular form. Modelling all the intersecting geometries was quite difficult, as you had to ensure that all aspects were aline. However, modelling the timber frame was more difficult, as there were no images to highlight how the corners of the pavilion with the sloping roof were constructed. Through the other smaller diagrams, I chose to model the timber frame in more detail, as well as the plywood seating. Throughout the modelling, I have learnt several things about circulation, which have been distinct to this pavilion. One, the fact that circulation isn’t so easy to construct, and that the way people move or navigate a building will depend most likely on the spaces which they encounter. I also learnt that thresholds may not only be physical boundaries, but mental and emotional states which people feel when walking through space, or how much time they spend in the area. For example, on my threshold diagram, I highlighted the difference between the dark narrow corridors, compared to the light and bright internal garden. People are more likely to engage and spend more time in the garden compared to the corridor (regardless of how much artificial lighting there is The main concept of this design would have to be the internal courtyard. The roof is designed to specifically highlight the space, and the placement of doors force people to delve in or to find the space


Week Two Diagrams

Structure, Circulation and Thresholds

Garden, Section and Framing

The top diagram shows the internal structure of the pavilion, with the hessian/plywood walls overlayed. The middle diagram shows the circulation paths and the options/ pathways which are taken to reach the internal garden. The final image shows different thresholds, depicted by the different blues. This diagram also shows the aspect of time, and how long people spend on the outside and dark narrow corridors, compared to the light garden centre.

The top diagram shows the internal garden, the main aspect of Zumthor’s pavilion. The second diagram is a section of the pavilion (section cut on above diagram). The section is important as it illustrates the dog-leg/ zig zag entrance needed to enter the garden centre. The final diagram depicts the timber frame and plywood construction, along with the floor and concrete footings.




First I used the provided section of the structure frame, and placed it upright.

I then traced over the timber studs, and extruded them to the correct size.

I then added nail plates, and the plywood capping

I then went to the top view, and dragged and dupliacted the frame I had made to the specification of the plan.

After the main framing was complete, I had to create special framing for the corners and doors.

The next stage involved creating the shell or plywood covering which went around the whole structure.


Appendix Process

Different options I had created for showing circulation and thresholds of the pavilion. I was trying to create something which was easily understood, and conveyed a message quickly and effectively. This was mainly done through use of colour and arrows. The options I picked ended up being a combination of elements from all of these options. Utalising the opacity feature in Illustrator and different arrows.




These were images I used in the garden diagram

pngimg. Bush PNG image, PNG. Accessed

Free PNGing. Bush Png Image 403, PNG. Ac-


cessed 9/03/2018.

Kibblywibbly. Lavender bush png, 2016. PNG, Deviant Art.

pngimg. Bush PNG image, PNG. Accessed

Accessed 9/03/2018.




Final journal  
Final journal