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Old June 26th, 2011, 01:28 PM   #2961
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Old June 26th, 2011, 04:36 PM   #2962
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I hated Beekman at first. When I saw it in person everything changed. It is a striking piece of architecture and really needs to be seen in person. It is now one of my favorites in NYC. The top pic is awesome!
Totally true.
In my case it was the other way around.
I first saw it in person when it was still under construction, when not all cladding was placed yet. And than I saw it on these forums, first I didn't notice it but when I did it really looked less good than in real.
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Old June 26th, 2011, 11:27 PM   #2963
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Old June 28th, 2011, 07:40 PM   #2964
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Wuuh I love this building. One day , I 'll see it "live"
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Old June 29th, 2011, 01:55 AM   #2965
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My favorite high-rise building in Downtown! I regret that it is not superior (upper; highest)
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Old June 29th, 2011, 11:55 AM   #2966
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Beekman turned out really well. It still sucks that it blocks the view to Woolworth Building from some perspectives, but now it's there anyway.

The facade is gorgeous. What were the overall project costs so far? I wonder how expansive such a fancy cladding might be, compared to rather conventional ones.
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Old June 30th, 2011, 04:18 PM   #2967
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Old July 2nd, 2011, 11:18 PM   #2968
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Old July 3rd, 2011, 07:37 AM   #2969
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I agree that this building is much more impressive in person.
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Old July 7th, 2011, 01:26 AM   #2970
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Frank Gehry: Dizzy heights
It's Frank Gehry's first skyscraper – a twisting, rippling tower that is transforming the New York skyline. Jonathan Glancey talks to the 82-year-old architect about realising a lifelong ambition

"I'm getting tearful," says Frank Gehry when I ask him how he feels about finally making his mark on the Manhattan skyline. "My father grew up in Hell's Kitchen, 10th Avenue, on the city's West Side." Irving Goldberg was one of nine children in a very poor immigrant family; his son changed his name in the early 1950s. "He started work at 11," says Gehry. "He had a hard life. I'd like to share 8 Spruce Street with him. Hey, Pa! I got to build a skyscraper right by the Woolworth Building. That's me, Dad. Up there!"

"...It is – though 8 Spruce Street must surely make up for Gehry's losses here (it was also commissioned by Bruce Ratner, the developer behind Atlantic Yards). The tower is a revelation, though it appears to rise not from pavement level as you might expect, but through the top of a self-effacing six-floor brick block, housing a new elementary school and a service floor for the New York Downtown Hospital. Why? The brick block, also by Gehry – proving he can do straight-up-and-down architecture when called to – is part of a trade-off between the developer and the city planners. Ratner could have his tower, but the school and hospital floor had to be part of the deal."

"...Originally, I wanted to have the folds going all the way around," Gehry explains. "But the marketing folk said that 15% of people didn't want apartments with wrinkles. So that's why there's a straight side. But, then, they started to rent out the wrinkly apartments, and asked for more of them. By then I'd begun to like the straight side. The models we made showing the tower completely wrinkly just didn't look tough enough for New York."

"...Ideally, Gehry would like to have spent more money. "I wanted to do it in titanium. It would have been beautiful on a grey New York day. But the panels would have been too soft for the cleaning equipment going up and down the tower. I'd have needed much thicker sheets of titanium than I've used before, and then the cost would have been prohibitive."

I wondered, too, if the way the building appears to stop all of a sudden at the 76th, without a crown or spire, was another way of saving money. "I started with something on top," Gehry admits. "I toyed with the thing, but it ended up looking pretty trivial, trying too hard to be something, against the Woolworth Building [Cass Gilbert's superb neo-gothic terracotta and steel skyscraper, opened in 1913]. I have too much respect for the Woolworth Building to do a hoopty-do thing."
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Old July 7th, 2011, 03:18 AM   #2971
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I've been in New York five times, but when I get back is like the first time, I love this city, is by far the most beautiful in the world

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Old July 8th, 2011, 01:36 AM   #2973
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Old July 8th, 2011, 06:55 AM   #2974
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Am i the only one who sees some inspiration or the least similarities from the US Bank Tower in LA, in this tower, a shorter and wider version?
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Old July 8th, 2011, 06:57 AM   #2975
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Encouraging words from Gehry. I find many of his designs ghastly, but he is a true architect at spirit.
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Old July 9th, 2011, 07:19 AM   #2976
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Am i the only one who sees some inspiration or the least similarities from the US Bank Tower in LA, in this tower, a shorter and wider version?
Yep because they don't look nothing alike.
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Old July 9th, 2011, 08:55 AM   #2977
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Old July 9th, 2011, 07:43 PM   #2978
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While the shape is alright, the execution is simply hideous.
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Old July 16th, 2011, 07:40 AM   #2979
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The "scar" left from the construction elevator is disappearing nicely. Both pictures from July 13th.

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Old July 16th, 2011, 01:13 PM   #2980
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The only minor think I like a little less, is the top.. or actually the lack of one. I know it's the modern think to do, but this design could have been crowned by one.
The building just seems to stop know without producing the climax it was building up to...


... still love it though
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