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Digital Design - Module 01 Semester 1, 2018 Tiantong Zou (901114) Alex Wong 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)

Diagram is to describe relationships and prescribe the performances of space. However, a symbol is a sign refers to its dynamic object through a formal representation. In the sigm, there is an arbitrary and immaterial relationship between form and context. A sisn is related to an icon, which expresses the qualities of its dynamatic object rather than its performence. Diagram, as opposed to signs and symbols, do not play a representational role on their dynamic object, but express a performative quality of objects.


Week One

Precedent Analysis

Sanaa Serpentine Pavilion 2009, accessed 3th march 2018,

Figure 1. shelter isometric view

Figure 2. right elevation view

Figure 3. structure isometric

Figure 3. isometric view in rhino

Comment on the process of modelling your precedent using the images provided. This is a rhino model of Sanaa Sepentine pavilion. In the process of doing it, I firstly determined the correct scale of the pervilion and then began with the floor and the shelter. While doing the shelter, I found it is not flat, so I determined the highest and lowest point of it , followed by patching it to get a surface(figure 1). The elevation shows the fluctuation of the pavilion (Figure 2). The highest point is 3925mm and the lowest point is 1164mm. I made all the columns based on the plan picture given in LMS and then made the glass wall (figure 3).


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 Herzberger, design is like an instrument rather than an apparatus. Design is not only about functionality, but also includes different forms and circulations to adapt for different conditions. The pavilion is surrounded by lawns and trees, composing a pleasure landscape. There are open space outside the pavilion for people to have a rest. Inside the pavilion, there are space for people to walk and talk. The sloping canapy of the pavilion is between one to three meters in height, whihc can adapt for differernt groups of people’s activities, both children and adults based on their different heights.


Week Two


Sanaa Serpentine Pavilion The serpentine pavilion is designed by Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa of leading Japanese architecture practice SANAA in 2009. In my modelling process, I focused on its floating canopy, which is in different height between 1meter to 3 meter. As for circulaation and thresholds, the pavilion is located in a park, with trees and lawns, built with aluminium roof and stainless steel columns. There are no walls in the pavilion, which allows uninterrupted view through the whole park. There are sufficient open space for people’s entertainment and communication.


Week Two Diagrams


high density district

medium density district low density district


flexible district

Landscape Functions (desk, chair)




The pavilion is surrounded by lawns and trees. The path is the mainly area for pedestrians going through. The path divides the whole area in two parts, with different density districts. In the circulation, there are lawns for people having rest, chairs for people chatting, glass walls for people walking and chatting.

The threshold diagram shows different materialities of the pavilion. The entry of the pavilion is all the space surrounding it. There are glazing walls, stainless steel columns and aluminium canopy showing in the diagram.


Appendix Process

Insert plan and trace lines in rhino

Make the roof of the pavillion

Column details

Plan elevation view

Make structure columns of the pavillion




The attemp to make 2D in isometric view

Make 2D of isometric view for the whole pavilion

Rhino view




high density district

medium density district low density district Landscape Functions (desk, chair)

Attempt to make circulation diagram in illustrator

Attempt to make threshold diagram in illustrator


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