Cascading Ridge Condo/ 台北市中山區 岩水住宅大樓


The site used to sit by the hill side, Jin-Mian Shang, where meets the Keelung river before the river course was changed in the1960s and early 1990s. This neighborhood was called “the Gold Lion stepping in the water” in the idea of Feng-Shui; the elders named this place “the bamboo forest” as well in terms of the very landscape. Neihu had its blossom, boats all over the river back and forth in-between the city and this suburban area, during the development history of Taipei City, since it provides the stone for the construction of old Taipei City wall during the Qing Dynasty and provides most of the architectural materials such as bricks, roofing roll tiles for the city over the past almost 200 years. 

   The main concept based on the different scales, city scale and pedestrian scale, to describe the idea of “Going Home”. The goal of city scale is representing the culture, living, and landscape of this place used to have in terms of sensational belonging. The pedestrian scale is the route of going home, which starts at the moment while you exit the MRT carriage. The rock looking masses are stacking up by the hill side; the caved-in viewing balcony and grill covered service balcony are connected visually and cascading down along the rocks. The cascading feels like moving and expanding along the rocks through the soffits, the shadows and the various density of balcony grill while you coming along towards the building. The green pedestrian gives an idea of nature and leads you to the 3-story high fissure where the residences enter the building and take you to embrace the historical mountain aside. The vertical service core cladding with the roofing roller tiles representing the chimney sits by the transitional visitor’s waiting area, and the other side is the great common lobby with angled green tinted glass to link together the Jin-Mian Shang while residence walk by the lobby.  



  • Status: Property Negotiation
  • Design Period: 2013
  • Location: Taipei, Taiwan
  • Building Type: Residential Building
  • Proposal Area: 7200 sm