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

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    If Gehry were told to draw a 19 year old girl he would probably draw stooped, with wrinkles and a crooked nose, and he would be called a 'visionary'. I think I'll cheer myself up now with the knowledge that the Yankees are technically still tied against the Red Sox, as the game hasn't yet started.

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    Just like Atlantic Yards, how much of this is Gehry's original work and how much of it has been modified due to cost cutting? I guess only insiders at FC will really know.

    On another note, that boxy base needs some improving.
    It's as if a woman who's dressed in a night gown shows up at a party in sneakers.

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    Yes! I love it! It is Gehry alright... Maybe is asking for a spire?
    Last edited by krulltime; May 23rd, 2006 at 05:13 PM.

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    This building is very much in the right direction. Great proportions, great curves, great overrall energy. The only aspect of the design I don't like is its floorplan. The building would look alot better if it had a square or rectangular floor plan as compared to the Orion, Projects, "+" or "L" plan, that floorplan never looks good on anything.

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    I'm glad we finally now have a concrete heigh figure for the building. However, while this design looks okay, I feel like I'm looking at a building while it's being demolished:


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    I bet this isn't the current version. After all that study it's sure to emerge much more developed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kris


    It looks more than 84 feet taller than woolworth, If the perception is right it looks more like 950' in that picture.

    (But the design has chagned so that's probably why)

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    mmmm .. I don't know ... call me an old fogey or whatever, but the classic view of the Woolworth from the east, standing tall and proud will be sorely missed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TomAuch
    I'm glad we finally now have a concrete heigh figure for the building. However, while this design looks okay, I feel like I'm looking at a building while it's being demolished:


    And we don't need that symbolism in Lower Manhattan. It also looks like a bottle of Michelob in a brown paper bag. I'm sorry to post so negatively 3 times on this, but....eewwww.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GLNY
    Miss Brooklyn's Father? Gehry's become a one-trick pony.
    And the dead step sister:


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    A lumpy mess.

    The shape is lazy. It's really very uninteresting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by antinimby
    Although no renderings have been released, it is likely that the top will taper gradually and that, unlike the uptown Trump World Tower, the upper floors won't be the same size as the lower ones.
    If the above report is true, one might imagine what the building would look like if the top were to taper instead of flaring back out like it does in the model we've just seen.

    It might look like... a Coke bottle?

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    Whats not to like?

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    Quote Originally Posted by lofter1
    mmmm .. I don't know ... call me an old fogey or whatever, but the classic view of the Woolworth from the east, standing tall and proud will be sorely missed.
    Absolutely, that is one thing that really concerned me about this tower. From Fulton landing it will block the Woolworth bldg. The Woolworth is such a great tower that it deserves to be all on its own but at this point we can't do much about it cuz Beekman is going to get built. Now the only thing we can hope for is that the tower is in the same caliber as the Woolworth (and Ratner has described it as elaborate as the WW) which maybe a bit unfair since the Woolworth Bldg is the quintessence of great skyscraper architecture.

    So far it seems like a really nice tower, very different (the waves are really cool), but I don't know that it is as nice as the WW the way it appears in that 2004 version I would have to wait till the finalized design.

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