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Gehry is a cool architect !
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Not sure how I feel about it yet. I'm not as enthusiastic about the design as most people seem to be but I have to see it in person to make any judgement.
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From left: the John Hancock Center, Trump International Hotel & Tower, and 8 Spruce Street, also known as Gehry New York

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...how is it that a New York City apartment tower designed by Frank Gehry has come to be known as the tallest residential building in the western hemisphere? At 827 feet tall, the building—known both as 8 Spruce Street and Gehry New York—is the world’s 114th tallest. Chicago has two condo buildings that are taller: Trump International Hotel & Tower (1,116 feet tall and the world’s 11th tallest) and the John Hancock Center (1,054 feet, 26th tallest).

Turns out this isn’t another case of Manhattan overlooking the Windy City. Instead it’s a matter of definitions—and those definitions originated here in Chicago. The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, headquartered at the Illinois Institute of Technology, maintains a precise set of criteria for measuring and categorizing tall buildings. As the group’s spokesman, Nathaniel Hollister, points out, those criteria say that if 85 percent or more of a building’s total floor area is for one type of use (such as residential), the building counts as being that type of skyscraper. “If you don’t have that percentage, then you’re designated as mixed-use,” Hollister says. (For the Gehry, Trump, and Hancock buildings, I’ve relied on the “occupied”—as opposed to “architectural”—heights provided by the council.)

Retail space, a public school, and other uses fill the lower floors of the Gehry building, just as there’s a hotel at the base of Trump and retail and office floors at the Hancock. But Hollister notes that the difference lies in the percentages. By the council’s count, the Gehry building is residential on floors 9 to 76, or 89 percent of its floor area. Chicago’s Trump is residential on floors 35 to 96, or 65 percent, and the Hancock is residential on floors 45 to 93, or 53 percent.

“According to the criteria, only 8 Spruce Street is purely residential,” Hollister, says....
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Why Hard Times Can Make Great Buildings

By JULIE V. IOVINE
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A slow economy is hard on architecture, except when it isn't. As the best buildings of 2011 amply show, closer scrutiny to the bottom line and even the need to lop off extras can lead to a sharper and more forceful design.

The 76-story Beekman Tower by Frank Gehry, renamed New York by Frank Gehry and now known as 8 Spruce St., opened early in the year. During more than five years of intense scrutiny, the tallest residential building in the city re-emerged after financing difficulties—and a halt in construction that spurred rumors it would be half its final height—as a rental with its market-rate rents stabilized for 20 years. For now far taller than anything in its City Hall company and dwarfing even the 57-story Woolworth Building, Mr. Gehry's steely undulating spire—the architect's first skyscraper in the U.S.—will make good company when joined on the skyline by all the super towers a few blocks west at the World Trade Center.
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toss up between this and the Bow for my favorite new skyscraper's. i give the edge to the bow because of the glass and atrium's though.
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This is my favourite building that Gehry's done yet. It's just so simple, elegant and interesting.
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This building fits right in as if it's been there for years.
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I wonder how this building will age. Maybe it will have a grimy, riveted look like a battle hardened World War II P-51. I'd actually like that.
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Ok, Maybe I am about to set off a bees nest...But..
Well, I'll say it,
The guy is a hack and is "famous" for only designing things that creep or freak people out. And the architect world somehow considers "Controversial" to some how mean GENUS!


I mean, the man once was asked to sketch a concept for a new Guggenheim Museum and drew the following.


That was some how turned into the following.


I mean, perhaps I am old fashioned, perhaps I am not "hip' with modern styles.
But some how I think a building should not look like a crumpled piece of paper, but have some STYLE to it.

I will say in advance I will apoligize if this will start a flame fest against me, but I needed to say it.

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Whatever words you wanna use to describe the man or his architectural portfolio are just that. That's fine, I don't really care about his philosophy or accolades, I just know that I really like this building and I'd bet its tenants do as well.
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Very true, I will admit, the Inside looked rather nice. But I did want to simply raise a desenting view on the topic. I feel cities should try to maintain an over look and few, and, while the tower would look good in a Europian city, it just doesnt seem to fit with the classic Brick and stone of NY.
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^^ The Beekman Tower actually fits New York perfectly, as can be seen in various details, most recognizable being the use of the setbacks which is typical New York. Or the windows. Just compare this tower with the GE Building, I bet you'll discover some surprising similarities.
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I agree. This is exactly the kind of building that New York should build. It's modern and timeless, but references a lot of the city's architectural past.
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I think Gehry looked at the brooklyn bridge for his inspiration


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I mentioned this before, but I always see a lot of 30 Rock in Beekman...

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I mentioned this before, but I always see a lot of 30 Rock in Beekman...

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That's exactly what I was talking about in my previous post. One just can't ignore the obvious similarities.
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I think Gehry certainly drew off of the influences of New York's setback heavy Art Deco skyscrapers. Though it seems to have enough elements to make it look modern and up to the current style. Maybe? Or would that be too far of a stretch?

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