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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.




Youth Center
Daejeon, 2012

Design Concept

A public building must engage with the people and belong to the city. Rather than create an “object building” our concept has been to create a building around a street. The street connects and unites the site to its context, producing an urban quarter that will become an important public space within Daejeon.

The penetrating street naturally draws people into the site allowing them to slowly discover a series of enclosed spaces: a Public Plaza surrounded by public programmes such as Exhibition, Cafes and Lobby. This will become a Cultural Quarter attracting people 365 days of the year. This new street is a place without cars only for people, connecting directly to the adjacent river.

Team
Peter W. Ferretto
KIM Hyunsu
KIM Taeho
PYUN Heeyoung
KANG Sangcheol
Arthur Gaston-Dreyfus
CHOI Sungyeol



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