Skip to comments.Frank Gehry's Undulating NYC Highrise Was Just Named The World's Best New Skyscraper
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.
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That is some kind of ugly
Is this style called:
How could you tell if it was bombed? ;-)
How do the window washers get up there?
They should have a good saloon across the street!
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!!!!!
Amazing. There are some new inhabitants in the insane asylum and they were all draftsmen on this project.
I like it. Anyone can draw a rectangle.
The INSIDE of the building is great though. Click link to the article to see pics of the INSIDE.
You can't because the architect who designed it was bombed.
I imagine that's what the whole world looks like through the eyes of liberals. Disgusting waste of good real estate.
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.
I like it.
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.
Ya got views of the Brooklyn bridge. Can you really screw that up?
well, its pretty ugly looking up at it anyways
Was this before or after a bomb hit it?
NO, just NO. UGLY does not even discribe it, hideous and a waste of space and materials.
Antoni Gaudí ??
I think I got motion sickness just looking at it
Isn't it time to move on to something else?
“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?
Yes, better at a distance... more please...
Meh. You should see the mental health center he designed.
It is pleasant enough, and I have never seen a single building like it.
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.
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.
It didn’t used to be that way,
It used to be straight lines, up and down and across.
Then, hurricane Sandy struck...
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.
I agree...it’s brilliant.
Yes Gaudi was whimsical. Frank Gehry seems heavy-handed.
I threw it out to see if anyone
was aware of architecture.
Yes Gaudi was whimsical.
Frank Gehry seems heavy-handed.
I agree. Rather look at this building than another assembly-line glass box, any time.
I see this building all the time. In person it’s amazing just to look at.
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.
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.