Text description provided by the architects. This project, Mountain Moon, attempts to loosen the spatial definition and boundary, allowing the family living private sector and the public social area to mix and sprawl. The often neglected spaces such as lift lobbies, balconies, and terraces, become most imaginative living areas which initiate social activities. An open stairway and an elevated footbridge are created to give residents a breather where they can dance to the rhythm of natural light and shadow, or enjoy the ever-changing view of the surrounding environment at different levels as they move through the space. The stairway and the buildings on both sides enclose a multiple layered vertical courtyard where wind breeze, raindrops, blue sky and green trees bring different surprises to the space, and bear opportunities for various events to take place.
By centralizing the vertical circulation, the housing units are liberated from the row houses typology which has a long and narrow living space. Shallow and wide multiple storey units with spacious gardens, balconies and terraces are arranged vertically into three different dwelling types so to give diverse living experiences. The large balconies and terraces that face the street not only suggest an attitude of the architecture to actively participate in the neighborhood, but also a willingness of the residents to share their daily life with the city. Finally, the building honestly reflects its unique location at the city’s edge by welcoming the surrounding mountains and greenery into the housing units through architectural designs.