A House within Thirteen Steps
The housing problem is very serious in Shanghai. In this case, a family of five can only live in old apartment of less than 34 square meters. Like thousands of other ordinary families struggling in Shanghai, this family deserve full joy of life apart from bitterness in child-raising. Among thousands of households this case of house renovation brings a poetic Garden of Eden in the bustling world.
The design use the Jade and Exquisite Study as the space prototype. The porch, the entrance hall and the grand’s room compose a prototype of the Jade and Exquisite Study so that the sight distance is prolonged from 1.7 meters to 6.2 meters. Then the living room, the entrance hall and the kitchen make up of another Jade and Exquisite Study, extending the sight distance again from 3.5 meters to 7.4 meters. The previous narrow spaces are integrated, and the horizontal distance is extended. In this mini space of less than 34 square meters, the design creates two kitchens, two bedrooms, a living room, a game area and even a professional singing hall.