The New Yorker compiled a list of the “ten architectural events in New York in 2010 that will have a meaningful effect on 2011 (and beyond)” and New York by Gehry came in at number 8!
Although Frank Gehry’s apartment tower in Lower Manhattan, 8 Spruce St (formerly known as the Beekman), will not be ready for occupancy until 2011, its exterior was more or less complete in 2010, and its impact on the downtown skyline was impossible to ignore: eight hundred and sixty-seven feet of metal skin, most of it wavy and curvy in the manner of Gehry’s smaller buildings. So far as the skyline is concerned, it’s the best tall building downtown since Seven World Trade Center, and the only very tall building close to the Woolworth Building and the Brooklyn Bridge that does not insult both of these structures. It’s too soon to evaluate the apartments, but the real significance of this building won’t be seen in terms of Gehry’s aesthetic, which I hope lesser architects know better than to try to knock off. Gehry insists that his computerized design systems allowed the building to be constructed for roughly the same cost as a conventional building, and if he has really found a way to make adventuresome architecture economically viable for commercial developers, who knows what may happen.