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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.




Mutation House
Gaobu, 2020
The “Mutating House: A Dwelling that Builds a Community” project designed by Condition_Lab, the design research laboratory led by Prof. Peter Ferretto, has won the Future Project Awards 2021 in the residential category.

This proposal, focusing on the Dong Minority community in Hunan, China, investigates the feasibility to build an alternative timber house typology and creates a design template for a self-build dwelling from prefabricated timber components addressing the critical issues currently facing the Dong community. For centuries the Dong communities have been almost entirely self-sufficient, with the environment in which they lived being a measure of their living standard. Yet traditional Dong timber houses will soon no longer be built, replaced by a hybrid concrete pastiche utterly foreign to the territory. Rather than yielding to this trend, this research seeks to propose an alternative solution in the form of a pilot prototype house. Material technology and self-build initiatives could become the catalyst for regenerating the house typology and simultaneously creating an alternative industry as a source of income for the community.

The Future Projects Awards is an award program celebrating excellence in unbuilt or incomplete projects, organised and awarded annually by the MIPIM (Le marché international des professionnels de l’immobilier) in Cannes, France, in cooperation with the monthly international magazine The Architectural Review.




Research Design Team

Prof. Peter W. Ferretto
LAM Man Yan Milly
LIU Ziwei Paula
WONG Yuk Tsin Beryl



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