basic idea of the presented concept is to create a homy western style environment for a family in shanghai. we arranged the new stair location as a "feature". window reveals (timber) create a warm atmosphere and "show" the house style also inside the building (well seen from outside as well). the "stair feature" works as shelf and stairwell and creates a nice "living room atmosphere" already in the first floor. we lowered the mezzanine level accordingly and arranged the mezzanine entrance on the mezzanine level. our arranged "wall openings and windows" create floating rooms (from the inside to the outside) and it is easy to "control" kid and visitors (direct view from the kitchen to the mezzanine entrance and veranda entrance). we attached an outdoor stair to the existing veranda to connect the "main living area" with the garden in a logical way. we designed the new main entrance more "grand" to welcome the guests and bring more daylight into the first level. we attached a wardrobe and reduced the corridor length to the garage.
we suggest to replace the existing main entrance roof with an attached small toilet; which is also easy to connect it to the existing installation shaft. we gave it more functions (herb garden) to make the entrance more interesting. the flat roofs shall be green roofs. steel-glass canopies make the new main entrance and the rear terrace modern looking. the existing "thermal bridges" we deal with insulation (inside and outside - see attached drawing detail). swiveling fins will guide the light and protect the inside (manually operated). we provided some additional suggestions about how to re-arrange the layouts in the different level.
we are convinced, that the family life will profit significantly from our suggested layout suggestion.