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Digital Design - Module 01 Semester 1, 2019 Stephanie Guttmann 992350 Dan Parker Studio 12

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)

Signs and symbols both represent the role of, as Zeara-Polo put, the “dynamic object.� They express and represent the object in an organisational manner, while a diagram’s purpose is of defining. Rather than representing the object, diagrams represent the information from the object. A diagram collects the information, interprets it and then presents it.


Week One

Precedent Analysis

(Top Left): Plan of Pavilion, showing the traced curves from a scaled plan. (Top right): Perspective, showing the initial modeling stage where I was able to use simple extrusions. (Bottom): Perspective, this shows the process of creating the complicated curves. As they varied in height, each point needed to be moved vertically according to the designed height. The first step for modeling the pavilion was tracing the curves in rhino from the plan. The lower half of the pavilion (walls and benches) allowed for simple extrusions from these curves. However, the more complicated multidirectional curves the pavilions canopy required more modeling skills, and individually moving points up and down vertically to ensure the heights are correct at every angle of the moduled 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. (100 words Maximum)

Barkow Leibinger’s Serpentine Summer House initially appears inflexible due to the obvious benches which define a seating area. Yet, upon further analysis the pavilion does allow for an appropriation of use through its curved structure. The Pavilion has no clear entry and exit points, nevertheless the open curved walls invite people in from all directions and creates a fluid space where people can gather, lean on the walls and children can play, while also creating some more private spaces. Additionally, the canopy roof while appearing to be a decorative extension to the gallery acts as a shelter and provides protection from the sun.


Week Two


South East Isometric of Barkow Leibinger’s Serpentine Summer House I chose to show the roof canopy as the major focal point of the isometric. The canopy while apearing to be decorative, defines the space of the pavilion and create interesting shadows below. This view also shows the part of the canopy where one curve tilts outwards, this creates visual interest but also a wider shade area. The bench structure is also visible in this view along with its various large and small openings. The key learning in terms of circulation from modeling this pavilion would be its lack of defined entry and exit points and round shape. People regardless if they are or are not engaging with the pavilion must walk around the structure. Yet, the curved walls also provide points that draw people in from any angle creating a public gathering place. The same walls also deifne a smaller space that is more secluded and private. As well as the walls the canopy acts as a threshold. Gathering spaces will vary throughout the day from the shadow casted, if its a hot day people are more likely to sit in the shade and if its cold the sun. As this pavillion was located in England, most of the time people would move away from the shade into the suns warmth.


Week Two Diagrams

Circulation Diagram The diagram defines the primary gathering areas and circulation paths. Crowd gathering is greatest in the benches and up against the walls with people sitting and leaning. Their is also a higher density of people in the sunnier spots. People circulate around the pavilion rather than through it as it is acessible from all surounding angles. A commonly traveled path is from the gallery downwards away from the shaded spaces.


Threshold The canopy structure and the mirrored tanbark define a zone that can be considered inside the pavilion, its contained but still open to the park. The walls further define these zones by creating a small private zone only acessible from the less circulated shaded side of the pavilion.



In the shaded view form in rhino, the pavilion was modeled in the corresponding colour coded layers (above). Once complete I changed this view to rendered (below).

Annotated plan and elevations of the complex pavilion in order to break it down into parts clearly and colour coded so it will be easier to model. All hand written dimentions are in mm


Appendix Process

The above pavilion analysis focuses on the circulation of people and the thresholds created by the canopy shadows and the curved walls.

Pavillion Isometric Views: ((left to right) g ) South East, South West, North West, North East




Diagram process. Circulation (above) and Threshold (below)

The process of creating the shadows for the diagram was done on rhino. Using the sun setting in and imputting the location and time, I then traced the shadow in the isometric view, before making 2D and converting into Adobe Illustrator


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