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Digital Design - Module 01 Semester 1, 2019 Hao Wang

987845 Samuel Lalo + Studio 29

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, sign and symbols are all graphic approach for people to communicate information. Symbol and sign refers to its dynamic object trough a formal representation. However, diagram is opposed to sign and symbol as it doesn’t represent for their dynamic object and its performance is depending how the designer deploys them. Diagram is usually specific to a space and it has a reductive nature as it precisely defines every moment and the exact level of knowledge and determination designer exert on the project.


Week One

Precedent Analysis

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Image 2 Image 1 Plan view for editing seats Image 2 Perspective view of seats and wall Image 3 Elevation view of modeling roof

“Serpentine Summer House / Barkow Leibinger�, Archdaily, Published 23 June 2016, Image 3

Accurately outlining the shape of object was an essential step in the modeling process. Once i got the outline, I extruded the lines with each correct height. The different height played the role of presenting the fuction of each extrusion. However, getting the correct form of the top roof was the hardest part in the whole process, i had to keep checking and ensure the top and bottom lineworks match to all the given elevation. After i got lines, I applied the command of sweep 2 to get the shape of roof.


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)

A design with extreme functionality would leave user little freedom to explore its function. In Serpentine Summer Houseby Barkow Leibinger, the distinct arrangement of irregular of ribbon wall under the roof resulted a series different scaled spaces. The seats were only distributed in some large-scale space. However, people were still able to sit in the gap between the wall if they are willing to be alone and stay in a more private space.


Week Two Isometric

South-east view of Serpentine Summer This image is the South-east view of Serpentine summer house. The brown color indicates the use of timber as the dominate material in the design. The view prodomminately shows the structure of the roof which is also the essence of the design and the hardest part during the modelling process. The use of shadow not only suggests a sense of 3 dimentinal but illustrates the impact of sunlight to the open pavilion design which is suggest a interaction of nature and buildings. During the modeling process, i ealize that the wholedesign does not have internal space. The only ways for viewers to interact with the bulding was observing, walking around it or sit on seats. The walls divides the space into 3 large spaces and 3 small spaces which allows people to choose the size of the space they want to use. Apart from use as a paviline to rest or relax. the design is also like a “sculpture� for people to observe from a distance. The use of nutural material also assist to merge design to the surrounding.


Week Two



Around circulation

Sitting Area

Informal Sitting Area Formal Sitting Area

Covered Area

Fake Grass


Circulation 1:200 The circculation was impacted by the surrounding infrasture which influenced the directio of he flow of people. It was also impaccted by the shadows created by trees from surronding which encourage people to rest around the summerhouse.

Thresholds (Permeability) 1:200 The thresholds of the design is determained by the different ground texture and walls and the roof coverage.


Appendix Process

Image 1. Input the image and try to figure out lines belongs to different section.

Image 3. Use the command of Offset line to get a “parallel� line next to the original line.

Image 2. Start tracing lines over the image.

Image 4. Mistake occured as the line was too close to each other which resulted some missing offset lines.


Appendix Process

Image 6. details of perfect offset. Image 5. Problem solved. offset lines outward to avoid lines get too close to each other.

Image 7. Modellng the Second roof.

Image 8. Appled same method to modelling the top roof but i realized the method cannot help me to get tiled roof. Then i gave up it.


Appendix Process

Image 9. Modelling walls.

Image 10. Modelling Seats.

Image 12. Line need to match all the views .

Image 11. Commancing modeling top roof . Drawing lines segment by segment to simplify the process and join all line togather in the end.

Image 13. Adjust the location of lines.


Appendix Process

image 14 make 2 d and olace each structure into Ai page.(threshold digram)

image 15 Add texture and color to the diagram.

image 17 Align each structure in Ai page (circulation Diagram)

image 16 use gradient tool.

image 18 Add arrows to indicate common walking path.


Appendix Process

image 19 Apply dots to show the indencity, hovever, it was restricted in showing how people occupy the space. e.g. sit and walking.

Image 20 use color to illustrate how people occupy space.

image 21 using both dots and colo make the whole diagram hard to read.


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