Gehry Transforms Manhattan's Skyline (9 pics + video)

New York by Gehry has just become the tallest residential building in the Western Hemisphere at 870 feet. Formally known as the Beekman Tower, the 76-story apartment building in Lower Manhattan has already transformed the downtown skyline.

World-renowned architect Frank Gehry told the New Yorker's Paul Goldberger that “the first move I made was to elongate it, and then I tried to give it a little movement. I started out giving it a twist, but it’s too hard to make the plumbing line up.”

He ended up with smaller twists, which he calls “Bernini folds,” named after the Renaissance sculptor. Each of 10,500 half-ton façade panels was formed by computer into a curtain wall that contains 2,400 windows.

New York by Gehry is not exclusively residential. A public grammar school will occupy its five-story base. With 903 rental units for occupancy, rent starts at $3,000 a month, and rises to $15,000-plus.

New York by Gehry website
via [Designboom] [Projo], [New Yorker]

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Tags: Frank Gehry, New York, Skyline, Transforms, architecture

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Comment by Eric Espig on March 25, 2011 at 8:12am
Looks amazing! Gehry has a bad reputation for dull & uninspired interiors hope he used some extra napkins for this one.
Comment by sAm on March 24, 2011 at 3:16pm
Thats so cool! Especially with a school. Gehry's no fool. :)
Comment by Annie on March 24, 2011 at 1:21pm
so cool that it has a school!
Comment by Alyssa Anda on March 24, 2011 at 12:04pm
That is ridiculous! What a sight to see! :)
Comment by Olivia Moore on March 23, 2011 at 9:32pm
this is beautiful! i haven't been to the city in awhile but i need to go check this place out

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