I don’t know if I am the rebellious child of my hometown. She nourished me but then i abandoned her. I left my hometown wholeheartedly to go to the city. Faraway from home I suffered, took the wrong path, fell for wrong person, lost my way. I lost a lot of precious things, then spent my whole life looking for them.
——Far Away From Home, Fu Xiuying
场一 Scene 1
永恒的家 Everlasting Home
In the early 1930s, in Shanghai’s Colombia Circle, with the ambition to build a dream home in a foreign country and desire for new life, developed by Asia Realty Company, the paddy fields was intended to be turned into an American ‘dream village’ and an ‘everlasting homeland’ for the western immigrants in Shanghai.
In the golden age of Shanghai’s architecture, architects from all over the world brought the most advanced architectural theories and practical techniques at the time. Therefore, Shanghai has grown to become a heritage where different styles of modern architecture from the globe are presented.
场二 Scene 2
孙科别墅 Sun Ke Villa
Chiang Kai-shek, Kong Xiangxi, Song Ziwen, Chen Lifu and others owned luxury villas in Shanghai, renowned as the “Oriental Paris”. Apart from busy working routine, they often took the Shanghai-Nanjing Express to Shanghai for weekends and lived an extravagant life, and Sun Ke was no exception. He is the only son of Sun Yat-sen. He studied at California State University and research institute of Columbia University in the United States in his early years and obtained a master’s degree. He has served as Minister of Transportation, Minister of Construction, Minister of Finance, Minister of Railways, and Deputy Dean of the Examination Institute. He had high prestige in the Kuomintang Party. Because of the influence of his father Sun Yat-sen, Sun Ke particularly liked to read, was familiar with literature, philosophy and art, and also likes to make friends with people from all walks of life, and had a very wide range of contacts. At that time, Sun Ke’s villa was located at No. 22 Columbia Road (now Panyu Road), Shanghai, which is now in the compound of Shanghai Institute of Biological Products, Ministry of Health, No. 1262, Yan’an West Road.
——The Sun Yat-sen Family
场三 Scene 3
门铃 The Doorbell
He strode up the garden path and pulled the bell rope. The ring of the bell died away, leaving the house strangely silent. He looked through the window into the front parlor, but that room was always empty. He rang again. There was no response. He bent down to look through the letter box, but he could not see much： part of the staircase, a painting of a Swiss mountain scene, and the door to the kitchen, half open. There was no movement.
——Jackdaws, Ken Follett
场四 Scene 4
向背 Front and Back
The front door and the front parlor are hidden behind the southern magnolias, which keeps the building low profile. People would not believe that this is the Sun Ke Villa if it was not observed from the back of the house where the thousand-foot large garden lies. There is an elegant sense of old authority in the architecture. The exquisiteness and restraint is completely different from the gorgeousness of most famous old villas in Shanghai. As a former residence for dignitaries, it turned out to be steady and practical.
The purpose of learning literature and history lies in “revising the old”, people with literary accomplishment live a long period of time from the past to the present. The purpose of learning scientific knowledge is to “know the new”. A person with scientific knowledge can foresee the days to come. He lives from the present to the vast future.
——The Pleasure of Thinking, Wang Xiaobo
场五 Scene 5
老灯 The Old Lamp
We are the old sentinels, being relieved by new guards in better uniforms than ours. We’ll tell you what our family, way back to great-great-great-grandmother lantern, has seen and experienced – the whole history of Copenhagen.
——Godfather’s Picture Book, Hans Christian Andersen
场六 Scene 6
管家 The Butler
“Lady Colms?” the butler said, stepping up to the doorway of the room. “I apologize, but the master says that he cannot spare the time to come down and converse with you.”
“Oh,” she said, feeling an immediate sinking in her stomach. So she’d made a fool of herself after all.
“Indeed, my lady,” the butler said, lips turning down even farther. “You are to accompany me to his study so he can converse with you there.”
——Mistborn Trilogy, Brandon Sanderson
场七 Scene 7
建筑师的客厅 The Architect’s Living Room
But he had not loved any of them as he loved the house of Austen Heller. He stayed in the drafting room through evening after evening, alone with a sheet of paper and the thought of a cliff over the sea. No one saw his sketches until they were finished.
When they were finished, late one night, he sat at his table, with the sheets spread before him, sat for many hours, one hand propping his forehead, the other hanging by his side, blood gathering in the fingers, numbing them, while the street beyond the window became deep blue, then pale gray. He did not look at the sketches. He felt empty and very tired.
The house on the sketches had been designed not by Roark, but by the cliff on which it stood. It was as if the cliff had grown and completed itself and proclaimed the purpose for which it had been waiting. The house was broken into many levels, following the ledges of the rock, rising as it rose, in gradual masses, in planes flowing together up into one consummate harmony. The walls, of the same granite as the rock, continued its vertical lines upward; the wide, projecting terraces of concrete, silver as the sea, followed the line of the waves, of the straight horizon.
——The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
场八 Scene 8
邬达克 Laszlo Hudec
Most of the time, people feel that they are being pushed forward by fate and there is no way out the determined path. This is the so-called “acceptance of fate”. But sometimes the idea of confronting fate suddenly popped up in ones mind, so Hudec secretly prepared himself, waiting for the opportunity to change his fate. Although all this is risky, there are also game-like and even gamble-like excitement and pleasure.
Hudec was flat broke, tossing around in China, and finally arrived Shanghai, an adventurer’s paradise! Later the story became very inspirational. The architect started his own business in a foreign country. The still standing Shanghai International Hotel, Daguangming Cinema, Dahua Hotel, Wukang Building, Huai’en Hall, Eros Garden, etc. are all designed by the Jewish architect – Ladislav Hudec (1893-1958).
——Book Traveller, Zhong Lifeng
After getting up in the morning, I told her about the legendary experience of a Slovenian named Ladislav Hudec that Professor Chen Zishan wrote in No Diary. Ladislav Hudec was an architect who enlisted in the World War I and was captured by the Russian Cossack cavalry before exile to Siberia. In 1918, when he was transferred to the Chinese border, he suddenly jumped off a fast – moving train to escape…
——Book Traveller, Zhong Lifeng
场九 Scene 9
永不消逝的电波 The Eternal Radio Wave
场十 Scene 10
‘Ralph?’ Helen asked. ‘Are you okay?’
‘Sure.’He looked up and saw that Helen was now surrounded by a luxurious ivory-colored aura. It had the satiny look of an expensive slip. The balloon-string floating up from it was an identical shade of ivory, and as broad and flat as the ribbon on a wedding present. The aura surrounding Gretchen Tillbury was a dark orange shading to yellow at the edges.
‘Will you be moving back into the house?’
——Insomnia, Stephen King
场十一 Scene 11
I remembered him standing on the balcony of his hotel in Venice smoking a good cigar and wondering what must go on in that town where it is so much harder to keep out of trouble than to get into it and when, in the nights I could not sleep, I always had great comfort thinking of Henry James standing on the balcony of his hotel looking down at the town and people passing, all of them with their needs and their duties and their problems, their small economies and village happinesses and the sound well-organized life of the canal, and think of James, who knew not one of the places to go, and stayed on his balcony with his cigar.
——True at First Light, Ernest Hemingway
The mezzotinting graver is almost completely white. A shape can be seen behind the balusters devoured by the light. An elderly man, with his eyes closed and white beard, his hand between his legs, on a terrace, in Rome, at twilight, in the third hour of the day, under the last golden rays of the sun, happy to be free and happy to live, between wine and sleep.
——Terrasse à Rome, Pascal Quignard
场十二 Scene 12
毕加索的餐桌 Picasso’s Dinning Table
What is left? A painting. It is nothing but a painting. What makes this painting different from the decorative layout it may become is the part that composes the shape of the painting itself, which would appear inappropriate in the decorative layout.
One day, Picasso wanted to paint on a screen. He wanted to add some curves on all sides of the screen as a simple decoration. Later, he gave up, but the screen turned out to be remarkable.
——Entre Picasso et Radiguet, Jean Cocteau
场十三 Scene 13
方松 Fang Song
The young artist in Sanbao Village, Jingdezhen, is good at making iron-sand pottery. In his studio, an iron-sand pottery sells at 600 Yuan, and a damaged piece costs 150.
His entire house is filled with broken pieces.
场十四 Scene 14
“Excuse me, ma’am, could I trouble you for a light?”
“Oh, the Hatamen. Of course, every pretty lady in Shanghai smokes Hatamen Cigarettes. I reckon, today you need a Pirate (The image of a pirate printed on the case), it matches your costume so well. Your velvet single-eyed blindfold almost convinces me that it is perfect for God to create Eve with only one eye.”
场十五 Scene 15
池塘之底 Fond de l’Etang
In the movie “Les Choristes”, the main character Mathieu works in a boarding school called Fond de l’Etang (meaning the bottom of the pond). Most of boys here are with discipline problems.
场十六 Scene 16
多宝鱼 Turbot fish
There is a big fish called Kun, when it is transformed into a bird called Peng, it spreads its wings with the utmost exertion in order to fly，rides the highest current of air and flies to the Southern Sea.
场十七 Scene 17
书房 The Study
This is an elegant and quiet study in an absolutely safe and secure place. Whoever wants to enter this study room must first pass through seven tightly guarded doors. Almost everyone on the outside is a top master of martial arts nowadays, including Wudang, Shaolin, Yandang, and the best disciples of Bashan, as well as the most capable rudder owners of the Yangtze River Water Village and Twelve Lianhuanwu. Without the permission of these people in the house, no one could break in, and what they said here would never leak out. They called this place the “Eagle’s Nest”, and their plan to deal with the “Ghost Villa” this time was decided in the “Eagle’s Nest” three months ago. This is an absolutely confidential plan.
——Lu Xiaofeng series “Ghost Villa”，Gu Long
场十八 Scene 18
Lines consist of an infinite number of points; planes an infinite number of lines; volumes an infinite number of planes, hypervolumes an infinite number of volumes… No, this, this more geometrico, is definitely not the best way to begin my tale. Affirming a fantastic tale’s truth is now a story-telling convention; mine, though, is true.
——The Book of Sand by Jorge Luis Borge
拾遗 Pickup the Left
甲方团队：胡秉 贺加宁 / VANKE万科集团
协作设计：刘焕辉、叶锐权、张刘金城、郑敏茵、古坤辉 等 / DOMANI东仓建设
传媒管理：洪加路 / DOMANI东仓建设
工程管理：上海万宁文化创意产业发展有限公司 / VANKE万科集团
Name：Sun Ke Villa
Client Team：Bing Hu, Jianing He / VANKE
Leading Designer：Ann Yu / DOMANI
Assistant Designer：Huanhui Liu, Ruiquan Ye, Jincheng Zhangliu, Minyin Zheng, Kunhui Gu / DOMANI
PR Managment：Karo Hong / DOMANI
Cultural Relics Preservation：ECADI
Constructor：Shanghai Building Decoration Design Group Co. Ltd
Construction Managment：Shanghai Wanning Cultural Creative / VANKE