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Acclaimed architect Frank Gehry has designed a spectacular new skyscraper that’s currently rising in downtown Manhattan. ┬áLocated near the Brooklyn Bridge just south of Pace University, it’s been named the Beekman Tower and will be Frank Gehry’s tallest project to date. Topping off at 76 floors, it will surpass the Trump World Tower to become the tallest residential building in New York City.

Unlike many of Ghery’s projects done in a deconstructivist style, this tower follows the stepped back form of traditional new york skyscrapers, but with a “twist”. A stainless steel facade is cloaked in curves that give the impression of walls rippling in the wind. The entire building will shimmer as it reflects light in different ways throughout the day. The curves make the effect even more dramatic.

People downtown are starting to notice this unique new structure now that it has grown past 50 floors and still continues to rise. It’s sure to become a New York landmark on the level of the Chrysler Building or the nearby Woolworth Building.

Gehry has already ignited the New York architectural scene with the recently finished IAC headquarters on the waterfront in Chelsea, which reminds me of the sails on a boat:


Background on Gehry

Frank Gehry is one of the leading architects our time, considered by many to be a creative visionary. Born in Canada, he comes from a Polish/Jewish background. After serving in the United States Army, Gehry moved to California where he studied architecture.

His projects look more like paintings and sculptures than buildings, which often results in them becoming tourist attractions. However, it was a long time before he received this type of recognition.

Not until his design for the Bilbao museum in Spain was completed did he really become a world famous architect on the level of Jean Nouvel and Norman Foster. Pictures of the Bilbao museum was splashed across the covers of magazines around the world; it was like something nobody had ever seen before…some people compared it to an alien that landed from outer space. The effect it had on Bilbao was nothing short of miraculous; the once sleepy industrial town in the north of Spain was catapulted onto the world stage and has become a world class tourist destination.


One thing is certain: his new metallic-covered tower in downtown Manhattan is already turning out to be a stunning beauty. Expect to see a wave of publicity when this dramatic tower is completed in 2010, because this is going to be something like New Yorkers have never seen before! – Will Bradford

This entry was posted on Tuesday, August 18th, 2009 at 9:53 pm.
Categories: Design.

4 Comments, Comment or Ping

  1. Ipek

    Beautiful written and really informative! I didn’t know about this building or much about Gehry. I gotta say that I’m upset by the location of the high-rise though, I wish downtown Manhattan would retain its historic buildings and put a cap on the height of new buildings.

  2. shayna

    for me, the most interesting aspect about this project is that the first 5 floors will be for a public elementary school and the remaining 71 floors will be for apartment living. i wonder how my primary education would have been shaped, knowing that each day i would get to go to a “shinny, spectacular, and space ship looking skyscraper place” to learn my math, reading, and science. i bet that i would have been really excited to go to school everyday. oh, and just to live in one of those apartments would be an absolute dream. but, i wonder if the teachers that will be teaching at the school will be able to afford living in those apartments. but, yeah, just the the construction of the pointed bay windows have me sold…

  3. Geoff

    Frank Gehry does have an iconic style. I hope the kids attending that elementary school will at least learn the basics of architecture by the time they are in the 5th grade.

    Cool site Will. Keep the posts coming.

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