NEW YORK BY GEHRY, NEW YORK CITY
Pritzker Prize-winning architect Frank Gehry went residential for the first time on his tower at 8 Spruce Street, completed in 2011 just outside the financial district in New York City. The tallest apartment building in the western hemisphere (for now) at 870 feet, the New York by Gehry incorporates the architect’s iconic curved steel exterior, rippling and reflective, like a wave in the sky.
In addition to pricey apartments — upwards of $40,000 a month for penthouses — the bottom floors of the tower houses a public school. The building’s design is meant to make residents feel they could step right out into space, and from afar, the wavy metal has the same effect on the eyes.
Photo: Courtesy of Gehry Partners, LLP