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Digital Design - Module 01 Semester 1, 2019 Jinhao Lu

988085 Jun Han Foong 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)

Zeara Polo describes diagram as ‘a tool thadeescribes relationship and prescribes performances in space’ that ‘always has a ‘spatial correlation’ while Sign and symbols belongs to ideas and objects through the formal representation of dynamic objects. A diagram can construct and describe abstruct spatial relationship in the future while signs and symbols play as a stimulant for exsiting ideas and images. As Zea Polo also argues that differ from signs and symbols, diagrams create ‘new sensation and moods’ .


Week One

Precedent Analysis

1. Perspective: The pavilion is concieved as trees in the context of the grassland.

2. Elevation: The hight difference between petal panels let more light comes in and allow the air to go through.

3. Plan: The rib structure supports the overlapping petal panels.

I divided the pavilion into 5 key sections while modeling: the timber decking, the vertical carbon fiber poles, the rib structure, the translucent panels, and the carbon line patterns. The pavilion consists of repetitive components, it is important to model one single canopy fully before duplicating it to cover the whole pavilion. All the details need to be formed carefully as it is difficult to change one by one after duplicating. Furthermore, while mapping each canopy, the layering of the panels on the plan is the key to make sure the elevation is correct. Moreover, the layer needs to be well organized to prepare for the next steps.


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)

According to the idea of Herzberger, the design should not be extremely in functionality, if the design focus on one purpose only, it will become rigid and inflexible. A good design should consider a variety of situations for different people indifferent needs. For example, the MPavilion designed by Amanda Levete Architects provides users the freedom to define the function and the use of the space. The absence of the wall encourages people to enter and leave from all directions. This design strategy also gives the pavilion higher affordance which allows a diverse range of activities such as meditation, music workshops or a meeting place.


Week Two


MPavilion by Amanda Levete Architects The final isometric view of the pavilion shows a detailed and accurate view of all the components altogether. The pavilion consists of the timber deck and the shrubs surrounding it, carbon fiber rods, the rib structure, the metal panels and the also the patterns. During the modeling process, the most important thing is to keep the layers correct, as, during the make 2d stage, each component needs to be done separately. I was struggling with the blurred plan image when I arranged the panels until I found a clear one on the internet. I gave each component a different line weight in order to create a hierarchy of the details. The outline of the petals and the shown timber floor is assigned with thicker line weight to accentuate the shape. The carbon pattern and rib structure which is hidden under the semitransparent panel is shown in a thinner line weight to ensure the picture not a mess but clean. Different line weight is applied on the poles: the hidden part is thinner than the shown part. This strategy makes the drawing more transpicuous. The circulation of the pavilion is shaped by the position of poles, the visitors might walk around the poles rather than walk straight through. The absence of the wall creates an openness which encourage people to enter from all directions. The threshold of the pavilion is blurred as there is no particular inside and outside. The intersection of the area under the panels and the outskirts of the timber floor shape the boundary.


Week Two Diagrams



As the Pavilion has no walls or a clearly-defined boundary, the circulation paths might be random and multi-direction. People are encouraged to discover the pavilion by walking around the poles. Nevertheless, the box-shaped counter might be the attraction point that allows people to stay and gather around.

The threshold of this pavilion is blurred as the design idea is from trees and canopy. The threshold occurs at the intersection of the area under the panels and the outskirts of the timber floor(the blue and the gray area). Furthermore, the poles of each panel create thresholds for people to have a more private conversation.




trace the shape if the cover

trace the structure

place under the cover


mapping on the plan


add poles

trace the floor move the floor to the correct place


Appendix Process

draw the pattern move to the top of the covers


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