Beekman Tower: Gehry’s first skyscraper

December 17, 2012 Comments Off on Beekman Tower: Gehry’s first skyscraper

Those new buildings over 100 meters high have been granted with Emporis Skyscraper Award annually since 2000. They stand out for their design and functionality. The winner was the project that the famous architect Frank Gehry designed for New York. It is known as Beekman Tower, and is located at 8 Spruce Street (Manhattan).
It has a height of 265 meters (76 floors), and is Gehry’s first skyscrape. It is mainly for residential use, but also hosts a public school. The building’s facades give the feeling of unfinished tower. The main structure is reinforced concrete.
The silver medal went to the Al Hamra Tower (Kuwait) by architects Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, while the bronze was won by the project Etihad Towers (Abu Dhabi), developed by DBI Design.

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