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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.




Busan Opera II
Busan, 2012
Busan Opera House 


The ambition of the project is to create an Opera House that belongs to Busan.  Going to the Opera is an urban event that is intrinsically connected to the city; where the Opera becomes both a landmark and a destination creating a cultural experience for all to enjoy.

This project focuses on creating a complex that is rooted in the city and refrains from becoming a mere object building. The 19th Century Opera house was conceived as an urban artifact seamlessly knitted into the fabric of the city. During the course of the 20th Century there was a shift towards notion of an “Icon” building, vis-à-vis Sydney. This project proposes to mediate between these two notions creating a series of performance spaces that are clustered together in a cultural complex, creating a new urban paradigm.

The ambition of the project is to create an Opera House that belongs to Busan. Going to the Opera is an urban event that is intrinsically connected to the city; where the Opera becomes both a landmark and a destination creating a cultural experience for all to enjoy.

This project focuses on creating a complex that is rooted in the city and refrains from becoming a mere object building. The 19th Century Opera house was conceived as an urban artifact seamlessly knitted into the fabric of the city. During the course of the 20th Century there was a shift towards notion of an “Icon” building, vis-à-vis Sydney. This project proposes to mediate between these two notions creating a series of performance spaces that are clustered together in a cultural complex, creating a new urban paradigm.


Revised Design for Busan Opera House

Team
Peter W. Ferretto
KIM Hyunsu
CHOI Sungyeol
PYUN Heeyoung
KIM Taeho
KANG Sangcheol
Lucia Espinoza
YOON Yeochun

Collaboration
Heerim Architects 


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