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Digital Design - Module 01 Semester 1, 2019 Yuanjing Xu

987826 Kammy Leung & Chun Fok Studio 24

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 diagram can be used as a projective tool to construct new organisations, sensations and moods. According to Zeara-Polo, the definition of a diagram was “a tool that describes relationships and prescribes performances in space�. It is in opposite to signs and symbols in a way that not expresses qualities of a dynamic object or represents a dynamic object. There are several others characteristic that make it different from signs or symbols such as a diagram always has a spatial connection and the ability to generate complex organisations through a simple diagram.


Week One

Precedent Analysis

Top View

Right View

Initial Shape of the pavilion

I first tried to use provided elevations and the plan to build the model, but the lines are unclear and hard to figure out the direction and their relationship. In order to have a better understanding of the concept of folding, I printed out the unfolded panels and tried to fold them at first. I realised that it should be flipped and after rotating the curves I got an approximately shape of the pavilion. Another challenge was to determine the base for the pavilion, so it took me a long time to figure out the orientation of the panels.


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)

Daniel Liebskind’s pavilion, 18 turns was inspired by Japanese origami therefore the folding process became the main concept of his design. The pavilion has various entrances due to the different angles that formed during folding, which create multiple options for entering the pavilion. The pavilion could be served not only as a gallery but also a space for gathering, party, or special activities. There were several aluminium panels overlapped with each other, which create an enclosed space for a more private use.


Week Two


South East Isometric

This is the south-east isometric view of the model. It shows the difference between height and the connection between each panels. The majority panels are shown in this view as well. During modelling, I found that the main concept was the continuity of panels through the process of folding. The design was inspired by Japanese origami and Liebskind used aluminium sheets for the entire outside panels. But the base was made by timber. The different angles of the panel suggest openings or exits. When people see this pavilion, the connection between grass and decking also indicated a possible entrance. There was a path that leading people to enter the pavilion as well. Due to the overlapping panels, the modelling was quite complicated at first but after knowing the direction of folding it became clearer.


Week Two Diagrams

Threshold Diagram

Circulation Diagram

The threshold diagram shows the material and texture of the panels, which are made of aluminium. The direction of the strcuture follows the folding direction. The bottom piece suggests the locaton of the threshold.

The large top and the vertical panels create a large space within the pavilion where I assume the main activity could happen. People’s movement are varied and complex based on their purpose of entering the pavilion. The path on site may lead to a common enter point.




First attempt I tried to separate the pavilion into five different parts in order to see their connection Material testing Using rhino to rendering the surface.

First attempt I set up the elevation and plan to model the pavilon but it became hard to determine the location of each line and their direction.


Appendix Process

Second attempt(perspective) After folding the panels in right direction, I added thickness to the surface. Second attempt(isometric) Lifting panels to show the hierarchy

Second attempt(top view) Making 2d lineworks for illstrator, also testing different scales.


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