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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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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.





Vertical Museum
Seoul, 2014
Vertical Museum is the second installment in the “Vertical” series produced by Professor Peter W. Ferretto’s Design Studio at Seoul National University. The first publications focused on the idea of Vertical Urbanism, exploring the idea of creating an alternative urban approach that could address the constant expansion of the metropolis towards the suburbs and in the process prevent the steady eroding and eradication of the precious land that we generically label as nature.

Vertical Museum, in contrast is a more focused exercise in creating a New Vertical Museum typology, itself a quasi-contradiction as contemporary museums seem to be ever expanding and Art by default getting larger to the extent that the Art pieces today are understood more as an installation that an individual piece.

The goal of the studio was to formulate various hypotheses for vertical cultural structures, rather than find concrete architectural solutions.  The site for the project was the abandoned old British Police Station in the heart of Hong Kong.  HK was selected both because of its vertiginous building-scape and an extreme density that together create a unique urban setting to test the student’s theories.

At the outset we selected 4 topics of research: Verticality/ Museum Typologies/ Cases Studies and Temporality.  Each topic related either directly or indirectly to the task at hand.  Students were given a graphic lexicon which consisted in all drawings, images, diagrams and text to be in black and white. After venturing into a weeklong workshop done in collaboration with HKU, Hong Kong University, the students developed individual iterations of their own museum. The project was conducted by 14 undergraduate students, in their third year, and is the product of one semester’s work, from September to December 2012.

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Author
Peter W. Ferretto
Assistant Professor
Department of Architecture
Seoul National University

Editor
LEE Minho



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