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Frank Gehry's Undulating NYC Highrise Was Just Named The World's Best New Skyscraper
Business Insider ^ | 12/04/2012 | Megan Willett

Posted on 12/04/2012 4:38:01 PM PST by SeekAndFind

Each year, the world's newest skyscrapers are pitted against each other for the Emporis Skyscraper Award. Chosen for its aesthetic and functional design by the team of editors from the construction project database, the winner of this year's renowned prize was none other than 8 Spruce Street in New York City.

Also known as New York by Gehry and The Beekman, 8 Spruce Street was designed by Frank Gehry and completed in 2011. It is the first skyscraper by the renowned architect, and won over the Emporis jury with its undulating stainless steel exterior.

"8 Spruce Street stands out even in Manhattan's already remarkable skyline," the Emporis jury said of its choice, culled from 220 skyscrapers completed in 2011. "It is a major new architectural landmark for New York."

It is not the only of Manhattan's famous buildings to win the award — the Hearst Tower won in 2006 as well as the Sofitel New York Hotel back in 2000.

(Excerpt) Read more at businessinsider.com ...


TOPICS: Arts/Photography; Society
KEYWORDS: architecture; frankgehry; newyork; skyscraper

1 posted on 12/04/2012 4:38:06 PM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

That is some kind of ugly

Is this style called:

MELTED GOTHAM

??


2 posted on 12/04/2012 4:40:40 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: SeekAndFind

3 posted on 12/04/2012 4:40:46 PM PST by MrShoop
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To: SeekAndFind

Drunk architect?


4 posted on 12/04/2012 4:44:28 PM PST by SharpRightTurn ( White, black, and red all over--America's affirmative action, metrosexual president.)
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To: SeekAndFind

bkmk


5 posted on 12/04/2012 4:45:06 PM PST by Sergio (An object at rest cannot be stopped! - The Evil Midnight Bomber What Bombs at Midnight)
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To: SharpRightTurn

How could you tell if it was bombed? ;-)


6 posted on 12/04/2012 4:47:11 PM PST by Average Al
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To: MrShoop

How do the window washers get up there?


7 posted on 12/04/2012 4:47:21 PM PST by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge)
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To: MrShoop

They should have a good saloon across the street!


8 posted on 12/04/2012 4:47:21 PM PST by Domestic Church (AMDG ... there is no such thing as coincidence)
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To: GeronL
As seen from the distance...


LOOKING SOUTH

9 posted on 12/04/2012 4:47:21 PM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

If Gehry didn’t do LSD I’ll eat my......what is that? It looks like my soul crawling down a mouse hole...or the universe!!!!!


10 posted on 12/04/2012 4:47:30 PM PST by DManA
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To: SeekAndFind

Amazing. There are some new inhabitants in the insane asylum and they were all draftsmen on this project.


11 posted on 12/04/2012 4:47:36 PM PST by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: SeekAndFind

I like it. Anyone can draw a rectangle.


12 posted on 12/04/2012 4:51:01 PM PST by muir_redwoods (Don't fire until you see the blue of their helmets)
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To: gorush; DManA

The INSIDE of the building is great though. Click link to the article to see pics of the INSIDE.


13 posted on 12/04/2012 4:51:55 PM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: Average Al
How could you tell if it was bombed? ;-)

You can't because the architect who designed it was bombed.

14 posted on 12/04/2012 4:54:33 PM PST by Uncle Chip
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To: SeekAndFind
Now there's a building which proves the maxim that, 'just because you can build something, doesn't mean you should.

I imagine that's what the whole world looks like through the eyes of liberals. Disgusting waste of good real estate.

15 posted on 12/04/2012 4:55:36 PM PST by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: SeekAndFind

This is one of his ppiece of crap buildings he did for Case Western University in Cleveland several years ago. It is the Peter B. Lewis Building. Of course Lewis is a big time Leftist who runs Progressive Insurance and is a big Pot Head.

http://images.search.yahoo.com/images/view;_ylt=A0PDoS6xmb5QV3EAz5eJzbkF;_ylu=X3oDMTBlMTQ4cGxyBHNlYwNzcgRzbGsDaW1n?back=http%3A%2F%2Fimages.search.yahoo.com%2Fsearch%2Fimages%3Fp%3Dcase%2Bwestern%2Bweatherhead%2Bschool%2Bbuilding%26fr%3Dslv8-hpd10%26fr2%3Dpiv-web%26tab%3Dorganic%26ri%3D6&w=800&h=531&imgurl=brodie.nomadlife.org%2Fuploaded_images%2Fpeter-b-lewis-784539.jpg&rurl=http%3A%2F%2Fbrodie.nomadlife.org%2F2009_03_01_archive.html&size=81.5+KB&name=Kyosaku%3A+March+2009&p=case+western+weatherhead+school+building&oid=e76e16d7d8c7d5f8e7d3ef5838b87550&fr2=piv-web&fr=slv8-hpd10&tt=Kyosaku%253A%2BMarch%2B2009&b=0&ni=128&no=6&ts=&tab=organic&sigr=11jpeep6s&sigb=142cpcr2l&sigi=11tf4jj7j&.crumb=XEPlejqJYjP


16 posted on 12/04/2012 4:55:36 PM PST by Jim from C-Town (The government is rarely benevolent, often malevolent and never benign!)
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To: SeekAndFind

I like it.


17 posted on 12/04/2012 4:56:17 PM PST by GnL
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To: SeekAndFind

I’ll look...it really is amazing and I like it. But I was a draftsman and I pity the fools...but I was mostly on the board with some AutoCAD toward the end, computer drafting has changed everything.


18 posted on 12/04/2012 4:58:32 PM PST by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: SeekAndFind

Ya got views of the Brooklyn bridge. Can you really screw that up?


19 posted on 12/04/2012 4:59:01 PM PST by DManA
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To: SeekAndFind

well, its pretty ugly looking up at it anyways


20 posted on 12/04/2012 5:01:21 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: SeekAndFind

Was this before or after a bomb hit it?


21 posted on 12/04/2012 5:28:53 PM PST by txrefugee
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To: SeekAndFind

NO, just NO. UGLY does not even discribe it, hideous and a waste of space and materials.


22 posted on 12/04/2012 5:30:59 PM PST by annieokie
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To: SeekAndFind
Antoni Gaudí ??

23 posted on 12/04/2012 5:34:13 PM PST by Uri’el-2012 (Psalm 119:174 I long for Your salvation, YHvH, Your teaching is my delight.)
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To: SeekAndFind

I think I got motion sickness just looking at it


24 posted on 12/04/2012 5:34:48 PM PST by Domandred (Fdisk, format, and reinstall the entire .gov system.)
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To: SeekAndFind
Frank mastered undulation sometime in the 90s.

Isn't it time to move on to something else?

25 posted on 12/04/2012 5:40:16 PM PST by x
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To: annieokie

FUGLY


26 posted on 12/04/2012 6:39:08 PM PST by getarope (Time for the repubs to grow some balls and STOP the Kenyan in his tracks NOW!)
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To: Windflier

“Now there’s a building which proves the maxim that, ‘just because you can build something, doesn’t mean you should.”

Exactly, well said.
The building is actually very simple and straightforward. Today ornamentation has been replaced with form-making. Question is, what will Gehry’s buildings look like in 50-75 years?


27 posted on 12/04/2012 7:03:05 PM PST by Ouchthatonehurt
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To: SeekAndFind
The INSIDE of the building is great though. Click link to the article to see pics of the INSIDE.

Most are cool looking. But anyone who designed that theater room should be fired - wood benches to sit on to watch a movie?? I bet Rush's home theater beats the pants off of that one.
28 posted on 12/04/2012 7:07:34 PM PST by time4good
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To: SeekAndFind

Yes, better at a distance... more please...


29 posted on 12/04/2012 7:19:49 PM PST by Pete from Shawnee Mission
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To: SeekAndFind

Meh. You should see the mental health center he designed.
http://www.designboom.com/architecture/frank-gehry-the-cleveland-clinic-lou-ruvo-center-for-brain-health/


30 posted on 12/04/2012 7:22:49 PM PST by ctdonath2 ($1 meals: http://abuckaplate.blogspot.com)
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To: Pete from Shawnee Mission

I agree.

It is pleasant enough, and I have never seen a single building like it.

Anywhere.


31 posted on 12/04/2012 7:23:15 PM PST by Cringing Negativism Network
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To: SeekAndFind

Another monstrosity foisted on the world by Frank Gehry and trumpeted as wonderful by dolts whose aesthetic senses were formed under the influence of hallucinogens in the 1960’s, are limited to endorsing whatever is new and original (all the beautiful forms seem to have been taken, so new and original is almost equivalent to ugly — some examples of consumer design emanating from Apple and a few Italian design houses to the contrary notwithstanding — or are non-existent and default to praising whatever the gliterati in New York and LA like or feign to like.


32 posted on 12/04/2012 7:29:16 PM PST by The_Reader_David (And when they behead your own people in the wars which are to come, then you will know...)
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To: UriÂ’el-2012

Nah, Gaudi’s stuff (his ghastly cathedral excepted) is mostly whimsical and fun (like the building whose roof looks like a dragon is curled up on it taking a nap). And his cathedral has the virtue of being a tour de force of engineering: the spires and arches were optimally designed for height using analog computation.

Gehry’s buildings (with perhaps the sole exception of an art gallery in Toronto) are all just ugly as sin. The one is this article is actually one of his less ugly efforts — the Dancing House in Prague, the MIT Philosophy Building, the Guggenheim Bilbao,... each one uglier than the one before so there is no end to their ugliness.


33 posted on 12/04/2012 7:36:17 PM PST by The_Reader_David (And when they behead your own people in the wars which are to come, then you will know...)
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To: SeekAndFind

It didn’t used to be that way,

It used to be straight lines, up and down and across.

Then, hurricane Sandy struck...


34 posted on 12/04/2012 7:37:38 PM PST by adorno (Y)
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To: GeronL

He did the Strata Center for MIT. MIT sued his ass off.

The thing was such a freak show that it was impossibly flawed with leaks and mold. Some crap just isn’t buildible with real world materials and methods.

Few want him a second time.


35 posted on 12/04/2012 7:42:01 PM PST by KC Burke (Plain Conservative opinions and common sense correction for thirteen years. RSC)
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To: muir_redwoods

I agree...it’s brilliant.


36 posted on 12/04/2012 7:48:08 PM PST by Pharmboy (Democrats lie because they must.)
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To: getarope
thats the word. Reminds me of some muslim/Palestinian settlement of apartments they throw up real quick.
37 posted on 12/04/2012 8:23:03 PM PST by annieokie
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To: The_Reader_David
Nah, Gaudi’s stuff (his ghastly cathedral excepted) is mostly whimsical and fun

I threw it out to see if anyone
was aware of architecture.

Yes Gaudi was whimsical.

Frank Gehry seems heavy-handed.


38 posted on 12/04/2012 8:40:30 PM PST by Uri’el-2012 (Psalm 119:174 I long for Your salvation, YHvH, Your teaching is my delight.)
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To: muir_redwoods

I agree. Rather look at this building than another assembly-line glass box, any time.


39 posted on 12/05/2012 4:26:33 AM PST by Notary Sojac (Only liberals believe that people can be made virtuous via legislative enactment.)
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To: Notary Sojac

I see this building all the time. In person it’s amazing just to look at.


40 posted on 12/05/2012 4:29:07 AM PST by GlockThe Vote (The Obama Adminstration: 2nd wave of attacks on America after 9/11)
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To: GlockThe Vote
I think it looks fascinating in photos. Like any good work of art, it makes you stop and ponder its image.
41 posted on 12/05/2012 4:47:43 AM PST by liberalh8ter (If Barack has a memory like a steel trap, why can't he remember what the Constitution says?)
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To: GeronL

Yep. They build it because they can—and then get awards for it. Meanwhile millions of people have to live with that sense of disordered, overhead-crashing-down-on-them, doom.

Architecture, like art in general, lost its way and hasn’t been able to get on track for decades and decades now.


42 posted on 12/05/2012 6:27:30 AM PST by 9YearLurker
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To: gorush

Amazing is right! Before retirement building those suckers was my gig but never anything that looked like that one! That must have been quite a different type challenge to all of the tradesmen, project managers and archys involved.


43 posted on 12/05/2012 3:58:23 PM PST by bobby.223 (Retired up in the snowy mountains of the American Redoubt and it's a GREAT life!)
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