This is not an architectural critique.
I understand that tenant typically has a low tolerance for any intellectual discourse, and I was warned, at all cost to be extremely entertaining with this narrative…
Originally conceived in 1924, “Blackstone Mansion” is a highly un-anonymous building characterized by its monumental presence, in a social context fairly committed to change.
The antiquity has witnessed and survived many regimes of interest - Colonization puppeteer by the European during the outbreak of the 19th century; taken over by the UN for the purpose of postwar relief after World War II, then it was the "Cultural Revolution" which didn’t end till the 80s.
My apartment is an "ahistorical episode, parachuted on the top floor as an extension since the 90s, in a building supposedly inspires awe and respect.
Though the edifice is devoid of the historical commitment of the baroque era, the entrance has adopted elements of baroque architecture.
Even the most elevated tenants were flattered by the view on the rooftop, I am however embarrassed - the building exhibits a rigor so dignitary, it confronts a skyline where "b-movie architecture" vandalized.
The flat is an autonomy configured with discretion, its aesthetic might be provisional, but its content is a deliberate assessment of a man's daily desire.
The bedroom perfectly coheres with a fully operational kitchen, and a bathroom which is newly renovated. An excavated volume near the window, where most permissive of daylight, is now appropriated as study.
*The facade of Blackstone is currently undergoing maintenance, trace of progress is most visible during working hours!