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Digital Design - Module 01 Semester 1, 2018 Tianshan Su

(875734) Samuel Lalo 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)

Firstly, diagrams can be seen as a tool which illustrates the relationships and the performances in space. Diagrams are usually specific to a space, locations, scales or temporal frames. It is something that more reality and simple diagrams might have very complex meanings. In other words, diagrams involves more information and it’s spaciousness . For signs and symbols, they are just abstruct elements refers to its dynamic object through a formal representation. Overall, a diagram is more complex and contains more than signs and symbols.


Week One

Precedent Analysis

These are all isometric views of my module. It shows the process of building the structure from the ground to sheet to the poles.

Fristly, I drew the outlines in illustrator, then imported to Rhino to make it 3D. Images showed my process of building the structure. Ground and the sheet were made at first and than constructing the aluminum sheet. At last, some suroundings have been outilned.


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 Sanaa Pavillion was designed to be a built place rather than an exhibition of drawings, photographs and modules. It can be found that the structure doesn’t have a “door” to limit people entering from a fixed place. An aluminum sheet may provide a protection for people from raining, sunny and bad weathers, they can listening to lectures or having their dinners at any time. Another point of the sheet is that it was designed to have the function of reflecting the surrounding environments, trees and the sky are beautifully shown by the reflection. It gives people a sense of closer to the nature.


Week Two


Isometric View of SANAA - Serpentine Pavilion During the modelling process, firstly I tried to built the aluminum sheet and then complete the whole structure by adding poles and the ground. But after that I realized the hight might not be so accurate for I have no idea of the gradient between the poles. So I tried to build the poles first because the high of poles are measured. After the sheet has been finished, I used projection and extrude the poles to let them be well fitted with the sheet. Finally I drew the surroundings and the bar of the pavillion. Poles, glass walls and the bar were modelled in more detailed ways. Circulation means the path of passengers, which shows the density of people while threshold is the entrance and exit of the structure. Sanaa Pavillion is a structure which have a sense of freedom. The structure can be seen as an open space which doesn’t have a fixed entrance so let people go anywhere they want. The majority of people are gathering around the bar and the large surounding wall because they provide a more private space in this design.


Week Two Diagrams

Circulation and Thresholds

Thresholds (Permeability)

This diagram shows the thresholds and circulation of the structure. Density of people are clearly illustated by the diagram.

This diagram shows the structure of the design. A more detailed information can be seen from here. For example, the arrangement of the poles, the position of the walls and the bar.



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Appendix Process

top points of the poles

Poles have been extruded

Ground plain


Top sheet

Walls and bar

Outline of the sheet

Top Sheet




Make 2D image

Previous circulation and threshold diagram

Previous structure diagram