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Residences in Shanghai: Apartment life I

Mon Oct 23 2017 00:00:00 GMT+0800 (CST)

People with brains and capabilities are always in a hurry. They stick to their goals and direction, dealing with things in their wits to make their life and work more efficient. However, they often ignore the charming things around them. Is this the life you really want? Do you also expect to follow your heart to return to your original aspiration for life?

Let’s follow our heart to experience the high-end serviced apartment from Stanford Residences, strongly recommended by The Paper for its well-equipped hardware and top-notch services.

Originated from THE PAPER--Lu Yi

Among the racetrack, department stores and coffee shops is the the living symbol of the golden age in Shanghai.
Apartments are more of the representative of a contemporary, new and modern urban life than the shikumen and gardens, they are pieces of immortal art with Ladislav Hudec's design, and the life of stylish people in Zhang Ai-ling's works.
Nearly 100 years later, when left-wing writer's pavilions and tycoon's old houses are freed from the living functions, and are renovated into bars, restaurants and art space, in the old apartments led by Magy Apartments, cast iron bathtubs, gas stove with oven and a flush toilet are still in use by residents. Represented by the serviced apartments of the Stanford Residences brands, the new serviced apartments rapidly rise up, the pattern design of two households sharing one staircase, or two households sharing two staircases has replaced the narrow corridor, the steam that Zhang Ai-ling's works described as "has become a pure decoration for a long time" is escalated into whole-house floor heating, to hold up a more modern apartment living experience and become part of the urban legend.

Led by the four major apartments, "a romance of China"
In the original script of Midnight, Mao Dun has written a sub-topic: "The year of 1930 is a romance of China."

In 1930, Shanghai's first gallery apartment house designed by Hudec had stood for 4 years. Ladislav Hudec has designed the contributed to the Shanghai Park Hotel, Old Grand Theater, and the Shanghai No.3 Girls' High School. Now he designed again a narrow building on the 30° junction between Xiafei Road and the Furguson Road. In the Eight-story building, the 1st and 2nd floors are designed as the base with a formation of arcade with continuous semicircular arches, on the third floor, there is a triangle carved classical floral window head, the top serves as the entablature, clear water and red brick, cement-like stones, all combined together to form the symbol of Shanghai's Renaissance-styled historic buildings.

I.S.S Normandy Apartments follow the tradition of naming residential places in French names in the French Concession, the building was originally known as the I.S.S Normandy Apartments until 1953 when the Government took over the building, its name was changed to Wu Kang Apartments. Inside the building, there is one of the first residential elevators in Shanghai designed with advanced red pointer, the sunlight shines through the steel window into a long corridor, the roof garden was described by scholar at the time as somewhere "your hands can touch the sky, and your eyes can enjoy the sight from hundreds of miles away."
11 years after the Wu Kang Apartments was finished, another eight-story apartment (later renovated to 11 floors) rose up by the Suzhou River and it became Shanghai's first "river-view houses". Invested by real estate tycoon Elias Victor Sassoon, designed by Palmer & Turner Group which also designed the Wing On company and HSBC, the Hebin Building has Shanghai's largest total area of building, featuring the one and only "∽"-shaped design, it was known as Asia's No.1 apartment.

Almost at the same time when the Hebin Building was built, the ten-story Magy Apartments, nine-story Liberty Apartments, 13-story Willow Court formed the height of the city's skyline, showcasing the grand art of cement and steel with the curved balconies, exterior wall mosaic, and the gradual descending design and other details, forming "a romance of China" that undergoes the baptism of time and is never forgotten.

The Notes on Apartment Life:

stylish life in apartments in The Notes on Apartment Life, Zhang Ai-ling wrote: "The apartment is the most ideal place for escaping the world... At the top floor of the apartment house, it's ok to get changed in front of the window. "

Located in Changde Road, the Changde Apartment is now a place for pilgrimage for the writer's fans, even the writer Chen Danyan has visited it to knock open the door mentioned in Hu Lancheng's book, it is said that, when Hu Lancheng entered the living room he was also fascinated by its magnificent and wild spirit.
Zhang Ai-ling's former residence - Changde Apartment the apartment was selected by Zhang Ai-ling's mother, it had a large square terrace, as the left-wing writers worked at the pavilion, Huang Yifan who just returned from abroad usually enjoyed an afternoon tea with friends. Below the fences are the busy Changde Road, if a new hotel was not built in front ot it, one could overlook Yuyuan Road from the apartment, the road that Wang Jiazhi wanted to take for escaping after she let go of Mr. Yi.

Since Shanghai built the first Western-style road in 1856, most of the facilities of modern urban life were gradually introduced in the Concession: gaslight in 1865, electricity in 1882, telephone in 1881, tap water in 1884, the automobile in 1901, tram in 1908 ... until the 30s of the last century. Shanghai has caught up with the most progressive city, high-end apartments rose up one by one, cement, steam, wooden floors and Otis Elevator are introduced to Shanghai, entering the daily life of stylish people.

Many apartments added the meal preparation room in the middle of the kitchen and dining room, when the meal was finished, there was a specially arranged room for preparing the dish to be ready to serve; it was also a tradition that nanny should not take the same elevator of the owners; Zhang wrote in Tulips, that the elevator operator saw a woman holding the dog would have to ask her to go away... The traditions and rules of te old Shanghai seem to be meant to be placed in an apartment, gracefully spread around the terraces and the roof gardens.

With the passage of time, more modern apartments rose in the old concession where there were full of cinemas, cafes and the first generation of skyscrapers, on the Xinzha road that is not far from the Changde Road, Stanford Residences put the brand's first high-end serviced apartment Stanford Residences Jing An in the bustling heart of Jing'an. In Zhang Ai-ling's works, she wrote "the particularly complex, hot water pipe system" was replaced by a 24-hour hot water system, open a hot water pipe, there is no longer the "empty and the rumbling sound"; the "snobbish" elevator operator is upgraded to Concierge and Butler service, from round-the-clock housekeeping to considerate baby care, everything is appropriate.