The Mirror Mountain project is located in a residential area of Zhubei City, Taiwan. The street front of the site is 24 meters in width and 26 meters in depth. Two sides of the site boundary border are adjacent to neighboring houses with the southern end facing the street.
Considering the scale of the site and the surrounding residential typology, the architecture design adopted the approach of a small community of structures creating a courtyard and drive way. All living units revolve around the courtyard, including the two street front residential units (A-type), and four facing units around the central courtyard (B-type).
The typical floor area of the residential units measures 7 meters by 8.8 meters. The staircase is placed in the middle. Allowing the front and back spaces to enjoy natural light and generate more of activities within the domestic interiors.
As the generator of the spatial structure, the staircase meanders between different spaces and weaves between levels in the residential unit. The flexible relationship between the stair and the private/public nature of spaces allow each spatial encounter to shift between closeness, openness, or extensiveness forming new spatial relationships as one moves up the staircase. Life within the house is tightly connected to the staircase, expanding and accumulating everyday experiences.
Walking up the narrow staircase and entering the first and second floors of the unit, new spatial experience open up from the inside out. The stair becomes the core for everyday social interactions within the household. The dining table designed for multiple purposes. It is considered as a site that sits in between the kitchen, the mezzanine and the staircase. This space acts as the gathering place where family events and activities happen. Vertical walls, openings, stairwell and the singular supporting column by the staircase meet and merged with one another within the space. This produces experiences of spatial layering, injecting moments of privacy within the fluid space or introducing moments of abstraction in spaces.
The mosaic wall on the street facade and the regulated concaved balconies create a sense of flatness and a kind of even visual tone. The housing blocks utilized their external structural compositions to fit in better within the surrounding urban housing typology. The back-elevation of the blocks set back from the neighboring walls, leaving space for light wells. This provides further depth to the interior and some quiet views for the back windows.
Terrace boxes and balconies in combination with eaves cantilever from the facades, establishing a unique composition between housing units and the overall collective structure. In terms of the core living value, these elements become the intricate boundaries that regulate the inside and the outside. The eave slopes down as it extends outward, opening up the city view horizontally. The terrace walls combine external conditions internally, inviting the backyard-like space and atmosphere, creating a duo experience between two facing elevations within one singular space.