Maoling Villa is one of the best historic buildings in Shanghai. Without maintenance over decades, the building built in 1941 is now in disrepair and its internal structure is severely aged. By figuring out the life-way of the new family, different privacy levels are progressively planned from big family living room to each family member’s own space. A new living model is placed into the old building, thus the building's interior and exterior façade are changed simultaneously.
For those who was born and lives in Shanghai, old houses and typical Shanghai lane life style must be quite acquainted to them. In terms of the structure, the experience of ‘climbing stairs’ in childhood is carried over to the next generation that kids enjoy the space so much busy climbing up and down.
step into the villa|进入的空间感受
space under the stair, 1F |一楼楼梯下方空间
stair and handrail |楼梯细部
The stairs are not only the passage connecting different floors, but also an area for kids to explore. Moreover, the stair sections are set up scattered which is quite friendly to the elder.
dining area, 1F |一楼用餐区
kitchen, laundry, storage and guest room, 1F |一楼厨房、洗衣房、储物空间及客卧
from kitchen to dining area, window for interact, 1F |一楼厨房望向用餐区，小窗互动
Communication and interaction among three generations of a family take place the most in public space with sufficient illumination such as the dining area on 1st floor, the living room on 2nd floor and the audio-video and game area on 3rd floor. In this way, a warm atmosphere is created in the house even family members are just communicating with each other. The bedroom is sufficient for basic resting and storage functions, and kids’ room will be used as study room correspondently.
sight from 2F to dining area |二楼望向用餐区
living room, one side to terrace, 2F |二楼会客区，一侧通向露台
another side to children’s rooms , 2F |二楼另一侧通向儿童房
2F towards 3F |二楼通向三楼
sight from stair hall to living room |楼梯厅望向二楼会客区
audio-video and game area, 3F |三楼家庭活动空间，影音游戏区
Besides the public space, the levelled pattern makes a natural and effective partition for each member’s personal life. It is also important for everyone to have privacy in a big family.
stair hall, sunroof and bathroom window |楼梯厅，天窗和三楼浴室的窗
master bedroom, 4F |四楼主卧
The entrance on 1st floor, the balcony on 2nd floor, and the terrace on 3rd floor are intermediaries between the building itself and the external environment. The building is reborn and will accompany the new generations.