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

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    Are you suggesting I think Quinlan Terry is the greatest living architect? If so you're way off.

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    ^ No way! It's Roger Scruton who thinks that.

    Just an authority weighing in.

    Who do you think it is?

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    I'd say its impossible to name one greatest living architect at the moment. I don't know anyone who is truly changing the game like a Corb or a Frank Lloyd Wright (for better or worse). A couple of my favourites are Renzo Piano and David Chipperfield but they are both not without their duds. I would say the 'faditects' like Gehry, Hadid, and Libeskind are about as far from great as you can get.

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    ^ Another authority weighs in.

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    The photo is from today. Does it look like the next setback has already begun?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ablarc View Post
    Greatest living architect.

    When he dies, who will it be?

    (Calatrava has been faltering.)
    From Huarez Peru 3,090 meters. Noone has heard of Gehry here.
    Looking forward to seeing significant progress when I return Aug 31.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DarrylStrawberry View Post
    The photo is from today. Does it look like the next setback has already begun?
    It does. The form for the column on the outer wall of the one wing doesn't line up with the column below it.

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    Think I am seeing a little corner sticking out now.

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    Indeed, if you peer through the web at the north face you can make out where the set-backed north face begins.

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    Two things, I guess...

    1.) Setback definitely happened. It's really obvious facing the tower from the east, but I didn't have a camera on me when I went into the office this afternoon. I'll take a pic Monday morning (at the pace they're going it'll be a floor up by then).

    2.) Noone here likes Niemeyer huh? I guess that's cool, but he's definitely still alive. I'm also a fan of Nouvel. I hope they're not considered fads, that's for sure. The closest I like to a fad might be Shigeru Ban, but he's 52, and that's not really a good age to be a fad. What do I know?

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    To name the greatest living architect is like naming the greatest living baseball player. There will be one, 2 or 3 frontrunners, but a case can be made for dozens.

    Gehry is a frontrunner in my book. His design for Atlantic Yards being thrown out is a significant setback to the claim, however.

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    If you're standing down the slope to the west on Barclay and looking toward the tower the setback on the north face is very apparent - it's a full column in from the stack below.

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    Default Setback

    On the left:


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    I don't think the building was supposed to be like this. I think originally it was going to be wider and a few stories shorter. Then the neighbors groaned and got a courtyard out of the deal, because the base is abruptly sliced off with the tower all the way at the very edge on the west side. Then the setbacks that are there are actually a bit shorter than those on the east side, culminating in no setback towards the top. The final setback is somewhat low on the building compared to the number of floors between the setbacks previously. All this adds up, to me, to some late game changes, but maybe not. Someday maybe we'll get an interview about the whole thing. Surely the south face would play into the whole thing as well.

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    this really looks to be moving along very well.

    where at we at now? around 50+ stories? so about 25 more to go, correct?

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