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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.




Seoul Biennale
Seoul, 2021
The Refuge of Disquiet  
Hong Kong Exhibition

“The Refuge of Disquiet”, a collaboration project of students from the MArch studio “Condition / Hong Kong Villages”, has been selected as one of the eight design studios out of more than twenty architecture schools from around the world in the Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism 2021.

Escape and protect, two meanings embodied in the word “refuge” are at the heart of this proposal. Escape from the tyranny of speed that has taken over our urban living, protect our heritage by reinterpreting and making history relevant.

This refuge is directly connected with the theme of our studio “Condition / Hong Kong Village”. It aims to translate a traditional rural village temple into an urban artefact where people can experience a dual moment of urban disconnection and rural connection.

Rather than being an example of the various schemes from the studio, the refuge has been designed as a synthesis of an idea, where students combined forces to design a single refuge which reflects a way of thinking about how rural villages can remain relevant today. We propose that only via a process of translation, where heritage is reinterpreted, can villages remain relevant. The translation happens through a material transformation. Traditional clay tiles become the creative design generator, forming a patterned wall that shields and articulates the refuge. The proposal generates various forms of social impact: 1) connects visitors to traditional building typologies, 2) reveals new ways of designing with traditional craftmanship and 3) makes people aware of the value of tangible and intangible culture.


Exhibition Team
Prof. Peter W. Ferretto
LAM Man Yan Milly
LEUNG Wai Hong Raygo