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New York by Gehry at Eight Spruce Street wins the Emporis Skyscraper Award

New York City’s New York by Gehry at 8 Spruce Street recipient of Emporis Skyscraper Award.

Emporis Skyscraper Award Winner

The results of the 2011 Emporis Skyscraper Award are now in: New York by Gehry at 8 Spruce Street in New York City is the winner of the renowned architecture prize for new skyscrapers. The winners were chosen from over 220 skyscrapers completed in 2011.

8 Spruce Street – ‘Rippling Building New York’:
Rippling Building New York - Emporis Skyscraper Award 2012
photo : Gehry Photos

8 Spruce Street, the first skyscraper by the architect Frank Gehry, and also known as New York by Gehry, won over the jury with its magnificent undulating stainless steel facade. Commenting on the choice, the jury said: “8 Spruce Street stands out even in Manhattan’s already remarkable skyline. It is a major new architectural landmark for New York.”

The sculptured form of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill’s Al Hamra Tower earned it second place in the ranking. Despite its great height, the skyscraper fits harmoniously into Kuwait City’s urban landscape. DBI Design’s Etihad Towers were voted into third place, the jury praising the complex as a particularly harmonious ensemble of buildings.

Winning Design

8 Spruce Street, the winner of the Emporis Skyscraper Award 2011, won over the jury with its facade. The building’s cladding is composed of 10,500 stainless steel panels, some flat, some undulating. The five stories at the foot of the tower have a brick facade since the architect wanted the base to be in the spirit of the neighboring buildings.

The building, designed by architect Frank Gehry, is 265 meters tall, has 76 floors and was completed in 2011 after a construction period of five years. The skyscraper is used as a residential building, but it also includes a school as well as doctors’ offices.

Eight Spruce Street

Rippling Building
image © dbox

Location: New York, USA
Completion Date: Apr 2011
Height: 265 m (870 ft)
Stories: 76
Use: Residential
Owner/Developer: Forest City Ratner Companies
Design Architect: Gehry Architects New York, PC
Structural Engineer: WSP Cantor Seinuk
MEP Engineer: Jaros Baum and Bolles
Construction Manager: Kreisler Borg Florman
Main Contractor: Kreisler Borg Florman

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#1 8 Spruce Street, New York City, USA
Points: 35
Height: 870.00 ft
Floors: 76
Architect: Gehry Partners, LLP
Rippling Building
photo : Gehry Photos
New York by Gehry

#2 Al Hamra Tower, Kuwait City, Kuwait
Points: 23
Height: 1,351.71 ft
Floors: 80
Architect: Skidmore, Owings And Merrill LLP
Kuwait City Tower
image © Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP
Al Hamra Tower

#3 Etihad Towers, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Points: 21
Architect: DBI Design (Pty Ltd).
Etihad Towers Skyscrapers
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Etihad Towers

#4 KK100, Shenzhen, China
Points: 16
Height: 1,449.48 ft
Floors: 100
Architect: Terry Farrell and Partners
KK100 Tower
photo from TFP Farrells
Kingkey 100 Tower

#4 Victoria Tower, Stockholm, Sweden
Points: 16
Height: 385.83 ft
Floors: 34
Architect: Wingårdh Arkitektkontor AB
Victoria Tower Kista Building
photograph : Tord-Rickard Söderström
Victoria Tower Kista

#4 Great American Tower, Cincinnati, USA
Points: 16
Height: 665.00 ft
Floors: 41
Architect: HOK
Great American Tower Cincinnati Building
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Great American Tower

#7 F&F Tower, Panama City, Panama
Points: 14
Height: 796.92 ft
Floors: 52
Architect: Pinzón Lozano & Asociados Arquitectos

#8 Northeast Asia Trade Tower, Incheon, South Korea
Points: 13
Height: 1,010.50 ft
Floors: 68
Architect: Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates

#8 Reflections at Keppel Bay , Singapore
Points: 13
Architect: Studio Daniel Libeskind
Reflections at Keppel Bay
image © Courtesy of Keppel Bay Pte Ltd
Reflections at Keppel Bay Singapore

#10 Tianjin Global Financial Center, Tianjin, China
Points: 11
Height: 1,105.31 ft
Floors: 72
Architect: Skidmore, Owings And Merrill LLP

8 Spruce Street architect : Frank Gehry

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