Digital Design - Module 01 Semester 1, 2019 Vincent Young Han Choo 919022 Shiqi Tang, Studio 30
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)
From Zeara-Polo point of view, a diagram does not play a representational role of the dynamic object. However, they are used as powerful tools to communicate concepts and ideas. Diagrams, are hence reductive in nature, with a spacial correlation. They require the input of informations to become drawings, and are dependent on how they are deployed. On the other hand, signs and symbols are dynamic and precise representation of informations, and they require no additional input. For signs and symbols, the relationship between form and content is completely arbitrary and immaterial.
1. Image 1 is a SE isometric of the Pavilion. 2. Image 2 represents a top view of the model, showing the 3 spheres. 3. This represents an elevation of the Radix pavilion.
Saieh, Nico. 2012. Venice Biennal 2012: Radix / Aires Mateus. Image. https://www.archdaily.com/267567/venicebiennale-2012-radix-aires-mateus/bnl_aima_10.
I started modelling the pavilion by using the provided plan as a base. I then created a cube, and spheres according to the dimensioins provides. The spheres were then placed at the correct spot and substracted from the cube using the â€œBoolean differenceâ€? command. The rays were then projected inside the pavilion so as to match the precedent images provides.
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)
Extreme functionality in design results in a final product that is rigid and inflexible. The latter is hence not used to its maximum potential as its restrict the freedom of the users to interpret its function. As such, Herzberger states that design is fully exploited by designing for multiple usage. In the case of the Radix pavilion, it is not only used as a place to rest and decoration, but it was also designed to create a continuity and connection between the canal and the gallery. The Radix pavilion is reductive in form, as it only consist of voids and solids. These, creates thresholds of different height and spaces, which in tern creates different atmosphere for multiple usage.
Radix Pavilion Isometric Diagram For the isometric drawing, a North-East view was chosen. This is in order to be able to show the context, the spaces inside the pavilion and the construction processes. For the modelling of the pavilion, the given floor plan was used, on which a cube was created. The spheres were then placed in the cube and extracted to give the pavilion its form. The base was modelled separately and joined to the pavilion once completed. In the process, the interior spaces of the pavilion were modelled in more details, so as to give a realistic representation of the spaces available and the feeling that was conveyed by the architect. The modelling process helped me to understand the way the varying heights and patterns affect the circulation and and dictates the spaces people can access. Furthermore, through modelling the pavilion, I was able to see how the meeting point of the three spheres create a pivotal point which is key to the circulation. I also gained a better understanding of the thresholds and how the pavilion was designed to give the users the freedom to interpret the use of the different spaces. As such, the key concept of the precedent study was to have a reductive approach toward the design of the pavilion, so as to understand how form, structure and context affect the circulation and the way the it is used.
Circulation and Threshold diagrams
The structure of the pavilion creates
The structure of the pavilion is made
different accessible spaces. The
up of void and solids. These two
spaces dictates the way people
combine, forms physical spaces,
transition between the three elipti-
which are threshold through people
cal spheres hence influencing the
Form The three spheres meet in the
middle, forming a pivotal point.
The pavilion consist of eliptical
Together with the high points of
spheres which are merged together.
the arches through which are most
The speres create different points of
likely going to walk, this creates a
varying heights. These changes in
linear circulation through the three
More intimate to less intimate (L-R)
heights create a feeling of intimacy at the lower points.
Pivot point Circulation
The Pavilion consist of 2 main
The site context creates a thresh-
entrances, with a third entrance
old with the presence of water
through the steps. The 2 main
and land. The two, are seperated
entrances are the easiest entrance
by steps, which forms a threshold
points hence these are where most
from public open space to a more
A simple cube was created and placed on the
Spheres were then made to the given dimensions
pavilion plan provided.
and placed accordingly on the base plan.
Step 3: The “Boolean difference” command was the
used to extract the spheres from the cube and
“Array polar” command was used to create rays.
create the pavilion.
The rays were then placed perpendicular to the pavilion and projected on the surface using the “Project “ command.
The base consist of a square, which is then
The same command(Boolean difference) was
trimmed using the â€œBoolean differenceâ€? com-
then used to create the steps .
The base was then combines with the model and
The pavilion was then exported to illustrator, where
make 2D was used to flatten the model and keep
the lineweights were changed to make it more vis-
the desired lines.
ible and highlight the important details.
The different diagrams were then created in il-
The finishing touches were then placed, such as
lustrator by deleating some lines and enhancing
colours and arrows.