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Digital Design - Module 01 Semester 1, 2019 Vincent Young Han Choo 919022 Shiqi Tang, Studio 30

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)

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.


Week One

Precedent Analysis




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.

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 “Boolean difference� command. The rays were then projected inside the pavilion so as to match the precedent images provides.


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)

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.


Week Two


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.


Week Two

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

can circulate.


accessible space


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

Circulation path

Circulation path


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

circulation happens.

private space.

Circulation Diagrams

Threshold Diagrams




Step 1:

Step 2:

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

Step 4:

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.


Appendix Process

Step 5:

Step 6:

The base consist of a square, which is then

The same command(Boolean difference) was

trimmed using the “Boolean difference� com-

then used to create the steps .


Step 7:

Step 8:

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.




Step 9:

Step 10:

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.



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