Gehry Transforms Manhattan’s Skyline (9 pics + video)

New York by Gehry has just become the tallest residential building in the Western Hemisphere at 870 feet. Formally known as the Beekman Tower, the 76-story apartment building in Lower Manhattan has already transformed the downtown skyline.

World-renowned architect Frank Gehry told the New Yorker’s Paul Goldberger that "the first move I made was to elongate it, and then I tried to give it a little movement. I started out giving it a twist, but it's too hard to make the plumbing line up."

He ended up with smaller twists, which he calls "Bernini folds," named after the Renaissance sculptor. Each of 10,500 half-ton faade panels was formed by computer into a curtain wall that contains 2,400 windows.

New York by Gehry is not exclusively residential. A public grammar school will occupy its five-story base. With 903 rental units for occupancy, rent starts at $3,000 a month, and rises to $15,000-plus.

New York by Gehry website
via [Designboom] [Projo], [New Yorker]

November 29, 2016

Klimt-Inspired Golden Map of Manhattan Celebrates the Bright Lights of New York at Night

Though designer Rafael Esquer has lived in New York City for 20 years, he’s still in awe of its bright lights and buzzing nightlife. As the founder of Alfalfa Studio, a branding and graphic design house based in Lower Manhattan, he creates pieces inspired by his enlightening experiences in the Big Apple. His latest project, a shimmering map entitled Iconic New York Illuminated, captures the magic of Manhattan after dark.

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