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Digital Design - Module 01 Semester 1, 2018 Xinran Huang (Jocelyn) (904912) Michael Mack Studio 5


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)

Signs can be classified as icons, indexes and symbols. Sign can express the qualities and influences of its dynamic object. By using icon, the qualities, functions and properties of objects can be represented without an arbitrary relationship between its form and content. Similarly, index can manifest the influence of objects with a not formally explicit binding relationship. The difference between sign and symbol is that symbol refers to its dynamic object with an arbitrary relationship. Diagram, however, does not represent specific properties of objects. It is a projective tool to describe relationships and performances rather than containing geometric information. As diagram contains information from various dimensions, a simple diagram can explain complex information.

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Week One

Precedent Analysis

Image 1(top left): isometric view of line work Image 2 (top right): top view of finished model Image 3 (bottome left): left view of finished model Image 4 (bottom right): back view of finished model

Reference images including elevations, site plan and roof plan were imported into Rhino and scaled according to the scale bar. Models are modeled layer by layer from the bottom to the top. The modeling process started with extracing lines from images. Afterwards, surfaces are created by using sweep. Different modeling command was considered yet by using sweep surfaces can maintain the least amount of isocurves. For the structures above the seating area, control points were first adjusted to the right position before sweeping the surfaces. Some control points of the surface were also adjusted.

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Week Two

Reading: Hertzberger H. 2005. The in-between and The Habitable Space Between Things, from Lessons for Students in Architecture. Herzberger discuss 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, the sheltered overhang area at the front door is the beginning of the threshold. In this Summer Pavilion, the overhanging structure at the top of the seating area is a threshold that provides shadow for people sitting underneath without obstructing people’s view. The wall structures behind each seating area is also a threshold. On one hand, the curvy shape of the plywood walls welcomes people to sit. On the other hand, it separates people in the pavilion and offering them semi-private space. By sitting back-to-back, the 360 degrees rotating walls offer panoramic views for people.

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Week Two

Isometric

Isometric view This isometric view was chosen as it can show most part of the structure and their spatial relationships inbetween from the top. The overall model was modeled according to reference images. Curves, heights and positions were carefully considered. As this is an open pavilion, people may come from different directions and have different circulation paths. But most of them may walk around the pavilion and sit down for a while at the seating area. Therefore, the highest density may occur around the seating area. Three walls provide semi-private spaces for people and offer 360 degrees of view. Both the walls and the structures at the top of the seating area provide shadow for people sitting underneath. As there are still some seats under the sun, some seats may be more popular than others.

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Week Two Diagrams

Circulation Diagram

Threshold Diagram

According to the site plan, people may come from two main pathways around. Most of them may walk around the pavilion and sit down at the seating area. Therefore, the highest density may occur around the seating area.

The walls around the seating area not only provide shadow for the seating area, but also provide 360 degrees of view. The structures at the top of the seating area also provide shadow for people sitting underneath.

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Appendix

Steel structures

Although the pavillion is made of plywood, there are steel structures inside the plywood. Those steel structures were modeled according to this image by extracting wireframes and using ptfinedges command.

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Appendix

Circulation diagram

According to the map (top left), there are two pathways around the site, which influences the circualtion of the pavilion. Metaball in Grasshopper helped to show the density of people, where the highest density may occur around the seating area. Lines were extracted and filled in with different gradient of colour to show the differences.

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Appendix

Threshold diagram

According to the map (top left), there are two pathways around the site, which influences the circualtion of the pavilion. In order to present the influence of the threshold to the seating area, shadows were explored by using Technical Shadow View. The sun was setted to 12pm, 10th of June, 2016, which is the open day of the pavilion.

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Appendix

Explode diagram

Test circulation diagram

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Test threshold diagram


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