Product Design IV // Week 11

Form exploration II
Fiona x Shanelle

Last week,

Feedback gathered last week:

  • Scales are way too small and doesn’t resemble how Pangolin scales are arranged. Scale it up and arrange it to look more like a Pangolin, not a fish.
  • Bench/tail area is way too flat, redesign it such that it has more volume.
  • Modules does not necessarily needs to vary in size/fully overlap, having a bit of gap is fine.

So this week we are looking at:

  • Refining the overall form of the pangolin (especially the seating area)
  • Scaling up the scales of the Pangolin to the right scale
  • Working on the hierarchical arrangement of the scales similar to a Pangolin’s
  • Redefining the size of the entire sculpture

Refining the overall form

The hierarchical arrangement (2d)

“The complex, hierarchical structure of Pangolin’s scale makes it hard for cracks to propagate after an impact.” 

Scales arrangement (3d)

Rendering with environment


Product Design IV // Week 9 + 10

Form exploration II
Fiona x Shanelle

This week we are expanding on a few factors from previously:

  • Module design and Attachment
  • Improvement on the frame form structure
  • Dimension of components
  • Module arrangement (WIP)

(1) Module design and Attachment development1(b) Module Details (Orthographic Drawing):

(2) Form Exploration

We explored on a few variations with focus on the transition from the head to tail.

We identified that structure development form (4) transition feels less like an abrupt transition than the rest and the transition spreads out evenly to the diminishing point. Hence, below is how we envisioned the structure (without the modules yet) to be placed in our proposed space: 

2(b) Frame Structure Details (Orthographic Drawing):

(3) Pattern Arrangement

We are still working out on the module arrangement of the modules. Working with paneling tool command in 3D rhino software to work out the arrangement of the modules such that it flow consistently along our frame structure.

To be updated!

Product Design IV // Week 8

      Form exploration II
Fiona x Shanelle

This week we are exploring forms that:

  • Allows the sculpture to swirls around the tree w/o interfering the growth of the tree.
  • How can we improve on the form such that it can be distinguish that it’s inspired by a pangolin.
  • How can we improve on the form such that the end form an unintentional seating area.

Form Exploration:

Form Exploration 1-4.

We looked into different ways of creating a wrapping swirl effect yet not distorting the essence of a pangolin – (1)The descending surface area from body to pointy tail and (2) the triangular head,

Proposed form:

Our proposed form.

As initially suggested here, we have decided to place this at residential hall 7 in the central of the residential ground to commemorate the presence of wildlife in this area, additionally serving as a landmark for the location.

Moving forward,

Here are some feedback we received from this week’s consultation to work on:

  • What material are we proposing? (Have to take into consideration of climate/weather conditions).
  • Can lengthen the end of the ‘tail’ to make it more visible (Explore on a few more forms).
  • It is not necessary to have the sculpture directly wrapping around the tree (Can be no contact).
  • Explore on supporting structure that grounds it.


“Circular Bench.” Made By Moore,

For the frame structure, we looked into stainless steel tubing for its durability and strength. The above reference, known as the circular bench comes in two parts that allows you to slot them together around a tree, then secure it with a supplied Allen key. Additionally, it was handmade from tubular steel, needing for no maintenance. We are currently working on how we can possibly adopt similar techniques for our frame to stabilize the sculpture.