UV LAB is a creative studio that emerged in 2014 on the road between Syria and France. It was established by a group of architects, designers, and artists who shared a passion for artistic expression and a commitment to ecological responsibility and experimentation. With a multidisciplinary approach UV LAB focuses on public art through spatial practices, digital technology, and construction science, UV LAB is also dedicated to community engagement, research, and concept development.
The studio seeks to foster an open dialogue between traditional and contemporary building techniques and to collaborate with local communities to create unique and sustainable solutions. Through its community engagement efforts, UV LAB strives to understand the social, cultural, and environmental contexts in which it operates, and to use this knowledge to inform its design process. The studio's research and concept development activities involve exploring new ideas, materials, and techniques that can be used to create innovative and sustainable designs. The goal is to transform inhabited spaces and redefine our experiences of them.
The name UV LAB is a nod to the U and V directions of a surface in 3D modeling, which represents the two-dimensional coordinates used to define a surface in three dimensions. But it also has a deeper meaning; the U and V directions can be seen as a metaphor for the Global South and Global North, respectively. By referencing these directions, UV LAB seeks to bridge the gap between different cultures and perspectives.
The UV LAB logo features a seed pattern created by combining the U and V letters.
When applying generative design methods and Islamic geometric patterns principles, this seed pattern becomes the "cell unit," which is the smallest motif that can be repeated to create the entire geometry. By repeating and rotating the cell unit, the fundamental unit is introduced, and the combined cell units containing the fundamental unit form the fundamental region.
Repeating and rotating the fundamental region results in an intersection between segments or between a segment and the fundamental region's boundaries, leading to fundamental unit parameterization. Each new transformation results in a geometry that is qualitatively similar to the original geometry and can expand infinitely.