Gallery: Frank Gehry’s Looming Spruce 8 Tower in NY Not Seeking LEED Bu...

Iconic starchitect Frank Gehry's new building at 8 Spruce Street (a.k.a. the tower formerly known as Beekman Tower) has opened to much fanfare and buzz from NY architecture critics. At 76-stories high, "New York by Gehry" is the tallest residential building in the western hemisphere, and some (a.k.a. Nick Ourousoff from the New York Times) are even calling it the best skyscraper since the 1960s. Seriously. We're not exactly sure why everyone is so gaga over an overly-designed tower that looks like it is melting (why?). But knowing Gehry's mixed feelings towards the LEED system, we had to wonder if 8 Spruce would be shooting for LEED certification. Word on the street is that the answer is no, but it may still have a few green tricks up its sleeve and surprise us anyway.

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  1. lazlopink February 21, 2011 at 4:22 pm

    met the man back in the early 90s and found him distinctly unlikable. that aside, his company manages to foist a lot of expensive ugly off on the world.

  2. john rb February 21, 2011 at 7:45 am

    Looks like it belongs in Dubai or Shanghai instead of New York.

  3. chris f February 20, 2011 at 9:52 pm

    the non-conformist dares to not do as expected!? he must be punished!

  4. lazyreader February 16, 2011 at 7:43 am

    Good for Frank….Still, how are you gonna wash the windows outside when the building has few flat surfaces overall. How long until they have to replace it’s steel facade. So much for energy savings.

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