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Old January 8th, 2013, 11:52 AM   #1
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How important is the architecture of the building you live in for you

Some reason the architecture doesn't matter as you won't be looking at it while living in it, while other derive some kind of status, especially if the architect is a well known one. How important is the architecture for you?
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Old January 8th, 2013, 03:12 PM   #2
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Architecture is very important to me, but not as important as the overall layout and character of the apartment itself.

When I was looking for an apartment for the first time in Manhattan, there was this beautiful building on Riverside Drive that I really took a fancy for. The architecture was very fine, and the details were luxurious and elegant. The lobby was spacious and superb, and the common spaces left nothing to be desired. It was a pre-war building. The apartment had views of the Hudson River and Riverside Park. But the layout and room proportions of the apartment were sorely lacking, and so I moved on.
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Old January 11th, 2013, 05:42 AM   #3
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It's important to me. This isn't about what others think of it, but rather what I know to be the case. It's illogical but I need my building to be aesthetically pleasing for me.
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Old January 11th, 2013, 09:57 PM   #4
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It is nice to be in a well designed building or tower, but the condition (not in disrepair) is just as important.
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Old January 14th, 2013, 01:15 AM   #5
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It's very important to me...considering that the building would somehow represent me in the nxt 25, 30, or more yrs. Also, since i was able to purchase my condo unit out from my own pocket and perseverance, it serves as a reminder of what ive achieved so far. So i want something that will not only look trendy today, but in the yrs or decades to come....an architecture which is timeless.
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Old January 14th, 2013, 04:01 AM   #6
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The interior is a definite factor. I don't want to live in anything with a tacky interior (nothing gold, please), but the exterior can be almost anything.
Even though it's not my favourite architecture style, art-deco buildings had by far the best interiors for me.
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Old January 14th, 2013, 08:02 PM   #7
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Exterior is just as important as the interior, IMO. No matter what the style or period, the details must be tasteful and elegant. I normally go for vintage/pre-war midrise buildings, but I can think fo many more modern/contemporary examples where the architectural elements are not afterthoughts.

One of the entrances to my condo building in Chicago (with Palladian details and wrought-iron):



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Vintage indeed, but very nice.
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