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.