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Condition_Lab is a Design Research Laboratory based within the School of Architecture at CUHK. Established in 2018, our primary focus is to improve people’s lives through design.

The Lab’s research resolves around designing socially responsible architectural prototypes. By working hand-in-hand with local partners on real sites, our aim is to develop projects that foster a better sense of community. The prototype acts as a vessel to generate new knowledge about how people inhabit their environment.

Our philosophy revolves around the paradox embedded into the word “condition”, as a noun it refers to a context, a circumstance, or a situation, while as a verb it implies change - to condition something based on an original state.




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The Chinese University of Hong Kong
 



Condition_Lab is a Design Research Laboratory based within the School of Architecture at CUHK. Established in 2018, our primary focus is to improve people’s lives through design.

The Lab’s research resolves around designing socially responsible architectural prototypes. By working hand-in-hand with local partners on real sites, our aim is to develop projects that foster a better sense of community. The prototype acts as a vessel to generate new knowledge about how people inhabit their environment.




Benetton Store
Tehran, 2009

Competition Entry for a flagship Benetton store in Tehran


Our boxes originate from a simple ambition to design a building which can be both inhabited internally and externally in the form of terraces. Terraces are a typology of space that interests us, especially in the cultural context of Tehran and its severe climate. With this aim we have embarked on a journey of discovery that should be read as an unpredictable search for an architectural solution for a new Benetton building in Tehran.


Team
Peter W. Ferretto
Leo Ferretto



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