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Thread: 8 Spruce Street - Beekman Tower - by Frank Gehry

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    this is from the Cantor Seinuk website.
    http://www.wspgroup.com/en/Welcome-t...Beekman-Tower/

    ...The first four floors comprise a school cafeteria, auditorium, classrooms, gymnasium and a library. Medical offices for the hospital next door are located on the fifth floor. The sixth level is reserved for mechanical space. Amenities for residential use will be located on the seventh floor including a swimming pool on a building setback. Rental apartments are located on floors 8 to 37 and 39 to 76.

    Beekman Tower will be constructed of reinforced cast-in-place concrete. The lateral wind and seismic resisting system is composed of reinforced concrete shear walls within the building’s core and outrigger walls on mechanical floors at levels 6, 38 and 75. The outrigger walls engage the perimeter columns as part of this lateral system. There are no other shear walls beyond the building’s core thus enabling the architect flexibility in apartment layout design. The structural challenge of accommodating the undulating façade, as well as the differing apartment layouts has been met by ‘walking’ the columns at several locations and levels.



    First, I didn't know about the pool. Second, can anyone tell me what "walking" a column is?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 195Broadway View Post
    Then there are the windows. Imagine the skin with curved glass, that made uninterrupted, those ripples.
    Oh, I see. Like a car glass-sheetmetal.

    Besides the significant expense (see the IAC thread for how the complex curves in the glass panels were formed were formed ), I don't know if it would look better.

    It would appear more futuristic, but we get a lot of buildings today with uninterrupted facades. It's nice to see real windows incorporated in the design.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DarrylStrawberry View Post
    this is from the Cantor Seinuk website.
    http://www.wspgroup.com/en/Welcome-t...Beekman-Tower/

    ...The first four floors comprise a sch Second, can anyone tell me what "walking" a column is?
    I think it's archi-speak for - "moving" a column.

    Also, the term 'structural support' or 'structural bracing' instead of Shear Wall would have made that whole article a little less confusing to the general reader.

    All-in-all, a good article: thanks for posting the link.

    Cheers
    Last edited by infoshare; February 12th, 2009 at 10:11 AM.

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    love the facade, hate the generic windows.


    i'm working on a dumbo thread for another site, so i happened to take these shots tuesday -- 2/10/09:




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    Quote Originally Posted by DarrylStrawberry View Post
    Second, can anyone tell me what "walking" a column is?
    I never heard this term. In relation to the building floor-to-floor, I guess it's some sort of offset.

    When a drill bit "walks," it wanders away from the spot where you want to drill.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZippyTheChimp View Post
    we get a lot of buildings today with uninterrupted facades. It's nice to see real windows incorporated in the design.
    Hmm, good point. I hadn't thought about it from that perspective. Seeing the merits of this configuration, it would be great if the tenants could open them to let fresh air in.

  7. #2812

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    Verrry shiny panel appears at the top of the base on the South side, closest to the West corner this lunchtime.

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    It ain't true 'til there's visual proof!

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    The shiny panel is some sort of metal foil covered backing.

    Thankfully.


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    That's the "value engineered" southern skin.

    Why is there a drum roll playing in my head?

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    Hmmmmm ...

    We've gone from THIS: ....................................... To THIS:

    ..............

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    ^ I blame the economy.












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    Quote Originally Posted by Sherpa View Post
    The sliding "cocoon" system is being dismantled until March 20, 2009 for construction of a mechanical 38th floor
    Can anyone explain what a sliding cocoon system is?

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    *The following information was last updated on February 12, 2009.

    • Superstructure work is underway, and continues through spring 2010. Mechanical floor 38 is now being erected.
    • Full sidewalk closures on Spruce and Beekman Streets beside the work site
    • Extended work hours Monday through Saturdays 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m
    • The contractor heightens ("jumps") the crane is appx. every two to three weeks
    • Curtain wall installation began February 11, 2009

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    Quote Originally Posted by zinka View Post
    Can anyone explain what a sliding cocoon system is?
    Post #2772.

    Look at the top floors. The contraption with the orange netting.

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