The rain, dropping on my house, I sit in my damp yard, gazing, listening, perceiving, savoring the rain. I climbed up my pitched roof, overlooking the distance. The closer I was to the sky, the more tranquil my heart emerged as. I strolled on my balcony extending into Yilan s landscape. I unraveled boundaries of my life while expanding my epiphany to those close by.
Averagely 220 wet days per year plus frequent typhoon landings, A newly reform area incorporating alleys exclusively designed for pedestrian activities, with the dwelling needs of urban lifestyle and wide age range. What is the housing reflecting Yilan’s terroir and people?
Strategy Within 6*30m site, we propose three approaches in our design. First, by imputing an “Open Rain-sound Courtyard”, which serves as the spatial core. Second approach was to develop the “relative high-rise” comparing to lower rural houses, each level is planned with a “three dimensional living patios”, potted and functional for activities as well. Lastly, in the mid of a city lacking of open space, we aspire to elevate our rooftop garden as a new ground, suitable for watching the stars and listening to the ocean in urban solitude.
Meanwhile, “To Open and To Connect” is the strategy to answer the proposition.
- Ground level opened to the street: Originally the garage, now reassigned to be part of public arcade for passersby, also for activities in the rain season.
- Continuous courtyards: Each unit has a garden courtyard, with further plan linking them to form an ecological corridor. - Back alley open space: Kitchens are opened to the back alley, or lively alley, comprising vegetable gardens and outdoor sinks. Culs-de-sac become a community space for neighborly events.
- Rain-sound open courtyard: Life and space both spread from the center courtyard, where to perceive Yilan’s rain and the subtle change of season.
- Atrium to connect spaces and activities: a continuous curvy ceiling, fir-wood plate molded concrete, makes up the atrium. The atrium connects kitchen-dining room on the first floor, living rooms, hallway library, and a 3.5 m-deep semi-outdoor space on the second floor. By connecting the spaces, the atrium also gathers the activities in the house.