March 18, 2011

New York by Gehry

It was a big week in New York, as Architect Frank Gehry’s new residential building opened its door for occupancy. I’ve been watching the development of the construction phase of this project. I have to agree with the positive reviews this week in the New York Times and elsewhere, that the building is indeed worthy of its prominent placement in the New York city skyline. It is breathtaking. Gehry's innovative incorporation of bay windows creates the tower's dynamic silhouette as well as an exceptional variety of panoramic views from within the residences. By shifting the bay windows from floor to floor and tailoring their configuration for each residence, Gehry has given residents the opportunity to, as he puts it, "step into space." New York by Gehry

“At 870 feet tall, New York by Gehry is the tallest residential tower in the Western Hemisphere and a singular addition to the iconic Manhattan skyline. For his first residential commission in New York City, master architect Frank Gehry has reinterpreted the design language of the classic Manhattan high-rise with undulating waves of stainless steel that reflect the changing light, transforming the appearance of the building throughout the day. Gehry's distinctive aesthetic is carried across the interior residential and amenity spaces with custom furnishings and installations”. New York by Gehry "The building’s exterior is made up of 10,500 individual steel panels, almost all of them different shapes, so that as you move around it, its shape is constantly changing." New York Times

A view of lower Manhattan from the Brooklyn Heights Promenade. This was the view out my kitchen window when I lived there. The Gehry tower is a shining addition to the skyline. Welcome.
All images courtesy of New York by Gehry

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