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Digital Design - Module 01 Semester 1, 2018 Xinyi Chen

867673 Colin Joel studio#19

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)

A sign is used to represent something or object, and symbol is a type of sign, always show people the information directly. Compare to sign and symbol, diagram contains a lot of information and simply displays design ideas, instead of showing people information directly.


Week One

Precedent Analysis

The Front view of Pavilion model.

The perspective view of pavilion model.

The back view of pavilion model.

I choose the image given on LMS as precedent. After doing some research, I found the frame structure of pavilion is formed by rotating a square in the middle. First of all, i traced the double lines on the image as the outline of frame structure, the frame structure forms after i extruded the outlines.


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) In Herzberger’s opionion, an object should be designed as multi-functional, rather than a container. The Toyo Ito Serpentine Pavilion is not just a box with glazing panels, also a public pavilion with multi-function. The pavilion contains individual seats for people who needs a private space, and table with chairs as private space for more than one people. Besides, a large cuboid box was placed in the middle of chairs, people could put their bags on it or sit on the box. Moreover, there are some hollows on the base of pavilion, looks like small lawns inside the pavilion, people sit beside the small lawns and reading books. The pavilion is divided into several spaces with all kind of functions.


Week Two


Insert title of your Isometric here. Insert a brief description of your isometric here. Comment on the modelling process, what was chosen to be shown, what was modelled in more detail. What did you learn about the circulation, threshold and construction whilst modelling. What is the key concept of the precedent study? Where is the Threshold and how does the circulation inform the design?

To begin with, I traced the double lines on the precedent plan image, and made frame structure after extruded lines. The frame,solid and glazing structure were modelled in more detail, the grey area on isometric image is the glazing part. After precedent study, I found the composition of frame strucuture is designed from the rotation of square. The Pavilion is a beach resaurant, contains four doors on each facade, also each doors contains stairs which is threshold. The interior space are not seperated by walls, but forms different functional spaces by placing facilities inside. The Pavilion was designed to connecting inside and outside lawns as a public space but has private spaces inside as well.


Week Two Diagrams

private space for more than one people private space for one peole public area public sitting area

Circulation and private/public space Diagram

Structural Diagram

The Pavilion includes four entrences/exits, the bottom diagram shows the circulation inside. The middle diagram shows the primary circulation area. The top diagram displays the private/public spaces inside the Pavilion.

The Pavilion contains four doors as threshold , which is shaped by the solid,frame and glazing structures.





Appendix Process

1. The traced Pavilion frame of five facades.

2. The frame structure of Pavilion.

3. The extruded frame structure.

4.The solid structure of Pavilion.

5. The glazing structure of Pavilion.

6. The make-2D image of Pavilion model.




7. The traced line in Illustrator.

10. The image of interior facilities in colour.

8. Fill in the color for glazing structure in Illustrator.

11. The image of private and public


9. The models of interior facilities inside the Pavilion.

The image of Pavilion base.

The image of Pavilion glazing.

The image of Pavilion solid.

The structural diagram

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Toyo Ito serpentine Pavilion

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Toyo Ito serpentine Pavilion