Sunday, February 20, 2011

8 Spruce Street, New York's Tallest Residential Building Designed By Frank Gehry

This is the much-anticipated Frank Gehry-designed Lower Manhattan residential skyscraper, and it is now ready for renters. Located at 8 Spruce Street, just east of City Hall Park in Lower Manhattan, the 76-story rental apartment boasts of walls of stainless-steel panels and bay windows that rippled and curled like a zipper run amok. The building was designed by Los Angeles architect, Frank Gehry, 81.The building has 903 units, and stands at 870 feet. It is by a nose New York’s tallest residential building. Gehry has produced a gawky beauty that captures the open-ended energy of the city. Gehry slims the tower so that it frames the surroundings rather than obliterating them. The New York Times' architecture critic Nicolai Ouroussoff said of the building, "Only now, as the building nears completion, is it possible to appreciate what Mr. Gehry has accomplished: the finest skyscraper to rise in New York since Eero Saarinen’s CBS building went up 46 years ago."

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