A walking exploration of Gehry

There, towering right above you, is one steel-framed, slender form. It appearers mechanical, robotic even, but it is far from it in many ways.

All you have to do is look at the dedicated website to realise that at 8 Spruce Street, this dynamically framed building, is host to some of the greatest views, enticing residences and eclectic amenities.

Reinforced concrete makes up the general structure of the building, which is then fabricated in steel panels. It is build above the brick-block building, an existing  elementary school and towers 76-stories high.  The building is a rarity in New York, of both facade and concept. Though it is of course a modern structure, Gehry’s innovation takes a steel-clad building, and transforms it into a steel-clad oasis of curves and strength. It is somewhat unconventional beyond its stature. The elementary school below is not always seen as the most convenient school spot, and the building is host to an artsy library, swimming pool, gym and terraces.

8 Spruce Street, Frank Gehry, Photo: MariannaMichael

8 Spruce Street, Frank Gehry

At 870 feet tall, New York by Gehry is the tallest residential tower in the Western Hemisphere and a singular addition to the iconic Manhattan skyline. For his first residential commission in New York City, master architect Frank Gehry has reinterpreted the design language of the classic Manhattan high-rise with undulating waves of stainless steel that reflect the changing light, transforming the appearance of the building throughout the day. Gehry’s distinctive aesthetic is carried across the interior residential and amenity spaces with custom furnishings and installations.

– NewYorkByGehry

A 3D modelling program, which is more frequently used in aerospace and automative industries, was used to construct a realisation of Gehry’s vision. Over 10,900 panels were used for the facade of 8 Spruce Street and only 2,000 were alike. The entire project took several assisting teams to help construct this intricate, yet powerful towering building.

Gehry is also know as architect for the Walt Disney Concert Hall (L.A), Dancing House (Prague) and the Guggenheim Museum (Bilbao). One of his lesser know, but prominent works is the IAC building which can be seen from the HighLine. The IAC was completed in 2007 and holds the epitome of Gehry. As i walked along the Highline, unaware i would be seeing the IAC, i knew instantly, that this geometrically curved  structure, which started off an early 2004 sketch, was in fact a Gehry. Similar to 8 Spruce Street, a 3D modelling program was used within the design-development process.

IAC building by Gehry, Photo: MariannaMichael

To create the IAC building, tilted column were put in place to hold the structure and begin it’s development of a unique shape. Reinforced concrete slabs and columns, are the make-up of this building whilst the exterior is made from approximately 1,437 glass panels, whey many have their own distinct shape and curvature. By February 2006, the concrete framing was complete and in November of the same year, the exterior was also completed.

The interior of the building is made up of a variety of workspaces and social settings in the workpalce. whilst painting strength in design to maximise the structures architecture and posed views. Lighting has been specifically laid out to ensure the buildings skeletal effect, general aesthetics whilst also paying attention to natural light for efficient workspaces and for economic efficiency.

Photo: albert vecerka/esto photographics
Photo: albert vecerka/esto photographics

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