Celebrities come in all shapes and sizes (OK, maybe not), but the celebrities of the skies certainly do – check out these eight distinctive buildings changing the shape of the New York skyline and the eight brilliant architects behind them
In New York, a city where the buildings speak as loudly as the residents, architects carry some serious star power. The best and most glamorous architects — dubbed “starchitects” — are literally changing the face of the skyline with amazingly high towers or, in the case of Zaha Hadid, futuristic-looking dwellings off the High Line that (if the renderings are accurate) will seem to have descended from a galactic empire. Robert A.M. Stern, Frank Gehry, Richard Meier: These are architecture’s biggest guns, and when they design a building in New York City they go all the way. Unlike with Hollywood celebrities, though, New Yorkers have the chance to bask in their glory as they wander the streets and take in the effects on the ever changing urban landscape. And New Yorkers with deep enough pockets even have the chance to dwell with the starchitects. Without further ado, here are eight of the most influential projects the city has seen of late – some completed and others still in the design phase.
Architect: Frank Gehry
Building: New York by Gehry at 8 Spruce Street
Neighborhood: Financial District
Is Frank Gehry New York’s most famous starchitect? He’s certainly one of the most influential architects in the entire country, and many of his buildings have quickly become tourist attractions. Vanity Fair even dubbed the Los Angeles-based architect “the most important architect of our age.” His design at 8 Spruce Street, also known as New York by Gehry, is one of the most celebrated modern skyscrapers in New York City. The spiraling, stainless steel and glass tower transformed the skyline of Lower Manhattan post Sept. 11. The undulating facade is comprised of 10,500 stainless steel panels of different shapes, inspiring the feeling of graceful movement. The rental apartment units have unique floor plans and asymmetrical bay windows that reflect the curve of the building. Penthouses on the top floors (the building is 76 stories, the tallest residential tower in New York City) offer stunning views over the expanse of Manhattan. There are currently 20 rentals listed on the marked, priced from $3,065 to $39,500 a month.