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

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    Huzzah!

    Great set. I especially like how in the first shot, though the Woolworth is mostly hidden, you can see its shadow on 7 WTC.

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    Nice job on that eye candy.

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    Default Should be over 70 Storeys by now!

    The following information was last updated on October 6, 2009.

    Superstructure erection is underway, now at 69 stories.
    Curtain wall installation continues up to floor 30 and should be completed by winter 2010. The brick facade on the lower stories is complete.
    The contract RFP for finishing work on the building's school was issued in late May 2009.
    Building will top out in December 2009
    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.

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    Post 8 Spruce Street

    Quote Originally Posted by Sherpa View Post
    The following information was last updated on October 6, 2009.
    Building will top out in December 2009
    And this Wiredny thread will top-out at over 4000 posts: one of our best threads ever.

    All that raw concrete in now almost completely covered by the new curtain wall: amazing.
    Last edited by infoshare; October 11th, 2009 at 09:38 AM.

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    Yesterday:












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    If only we could only get rid of the Southbridge Towers and build a few more of these guys...

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    Yes, sprinkle Gehrys all around the city.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stroika View Post
    If only we could only get rid of the Southbridge Towers and build a few more of these guys...
    In NY, historic structures, architectural landmarks and even houses of worship are razed without the blink of an eye; however, socialized housing is sacrosanct.

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    Because people are more important than places.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Derek2k3 View Post
    Yes, sprinkle Gehrys all around the city.
    Definitely should build #s 5, 8 & 10

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    As seen from Centre Street, near Grand & Broome ...







    8 spruce

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    wow. That's going to be a great contrast when the skin goes on.

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    ...and despite that truth, I was easily distracted by the harmonious interplay of the classically styled buildings in that lovely first shot.

    While this isn't the perfect thread to make this statement, as I really like this building, I do wish New York would build new structures that seamlessly integrate with the existing fabric, rather than contrast. Visually cohesive cities are the most attractive and should be sought after through every new addition.

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    Maybe at first, or if your a tourist. But I think visually cohesive cities become bland fast.

    And the only thing cohesive about the buildings in that shot is that they all use stone and have beautiful pinnacles. They're all different styles and I don't see why a modern building with a beautiful top wouldn't work there. Shame there is no top on the Beekman tower though.

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    I am not so sure; I have never been made bored by Paris, Venice or some classical Dutch city. Arabic centers are full of excitement, even though they developed through repetitions of the same generative coding. Cohesive visual centers have been the norm for thousands of years before mass production and the diffusion of architectural styles, yet there were never routinely derided as boring. Cohesive agglomerations, I believe, are far more attractive than cities with an incongruous collection of architecturally distinct pieces.

    Lastly, I am confused by your remark that the only thing that makes those buildings cohesive are their similar coloring and form--yes, those are typically strong indicators of cohesion. Not only do they share common characteristics like a luxurious light stone and pinnacles, but also possess a clear and human-scaled window articulation, designs rooted in classicism (despite their ultimately unique decoration), and of course location.

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