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

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    What a delightful image AN!

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    It did when I first looked at it and still does beg for a crown. Despite its grandeur in number of feet you cant help that most things with straight sides and flat tops give an impression of being squat. The straight flat unsetbacked south side and the abrupt ending to those bennini waves -IMO- accentuate this impression. As I had described b4:
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    As you recover from the base and work yourself up you get captivated in the undulations tracing them and following them all the way up watching them ripple and clash splitting and joinning seeing the metaphorical imagery of ocean waves or a broads skirt in a gentle wind..............it stops in the most unflattering and abrupt fashion. It flatlines, the taste becomes bitter, the screen goes black, (a la Sopranos' ending) and the Gerhy spectacle ends perhaps not too soon because of the height but in no satisfying resolution. Does nothing for the skyline as when the sun sets and you look at the horizon and all the buildings become a uniform black against a yellow sky you will not be able to tell which one belongs to Gerhy.

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    TREPYE - To be fair, your hate for this project has gone way beyond its alleged lack of a crown.

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    If you want to be fair, he's been pretty consistent and was among the first to call the flat backside what it was, value engineering. Let's face it, we can go on and on about the incredibly beautiful facade but it's hard to ignore the a crappy base, the awkward flat backside, and the dull flat top.

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    It's interesting to note how the Beekman seems to emulate (like the negative of a photograph) the Brooklyn Bridge's west tower. The two seem linked as dance partners. A crown would shatter the effect IMO.

    Last edited by 195Broadway; February 3rd, 2010 at 12:38 PM.

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    Good eye. Never would have noticed.

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    Yeah thats a great vantage point with the Bridge....if we were birds.

    Have anything similar from a non-winged biped's view?

    But notice 195Broadway, even the top of the Brooklyn Bridge has a cornice.
    Last edited by TREPYE; February 3rd, 2010 at 02:35 PM.

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    Maybe they should put a crown on that boring flat-topped bridge, too?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Derek2k3 View Post
    Good eye. Never would have noticed.
    Or it also matches the Low Income Housing tenement in the lower right foreground.

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    Not really.

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    February 4th, 2010






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    Nicely done.

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    Just wondering - suppose one of the nice shiny facade elements was to get damaged somehow. How would they replace that element? Would a simple window washing platform be able to accommodate repair work for this sort of a facade?

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    From the Q train this morning.
















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