Frank Gehry's Undulating NYC Highrise Was Just Named The World's Best New Skyscraper

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Each year, the world’s newest skyscrapers are pitted against each other for the Emporis Skyscraper Award.Chosen for its aesthetic and functional design by the team of editors from the construction project database, the winner of this year’s renowned prize was none other than 8 Spruce Street in New York City.

Also known as New York by Gehry and The Beekman, 8 Spruce Street was designed by Frank Gehry and completed in 2011.

It is the first skyscraper by the renowned architect, and won over the Emporis jury with its undulating stainless steel exterior.

“8 Spruce Street stands out even in Manhattan’s already remarkable skyline,” the Emporis jury said of its choice, culled from 220 skyscrapers completed in 2011. “It is a major new architectural landmark for New York.”

It is not the only of Manhattan’s famous buildings to win the award — the Hearst Tower won in 2006 as well as the Sofitel New York Hotel back in 2000.

Though it was only completed a year ago, Gehry's building has already become a part of the New York skyline.

It's located on Spruce Street in the Financial District close to the Brooklyn Bridge.

The building stands 870 feet above the streets of Manhattan, higher than many helicopters fly in the city.

Another view shows why the Emporis jury was so taken with the undulating building frame.

Here's a peek at a four-bedroom model that looks out toward Brooklyn across the river. It's 3,800 square feet, including an extra studio for live-in help.

The kitchen has a six-burner Miele stove, Sub-Zero ice maker, and a Bosch dishwasher, to name a few of its impressive amenities.

Meanwhile, the bathrooms have Duravit tubs, a heated floor, and limestone floor and walls.

Even the smallest details reflect the architecture of the building. Take for instance the fluid design of the door handle and lock.

The 10-foot-plus ceilings let in tons of natural light, but for those who want, the window shades close in the living room and master suite with a remote control.

The residences have unparalleled panoramic city and river views.

Residents at 8 Spruce Street can see the Woolworth Building, the Hudson River, and all five East River bridges.

Not to mention all of the famous buildings in New York City, from the Empire State and Chrysler buildings, all the way up to Central Park.

The amenities for the building are just as incredible.

There's the 50-foot indoor swimming pool with skylight on the 7th floor...

...complete with its own sundeck.

A 3,300-square-foot fitness centre on the 7th floor, and another 1,200-square-foot fitness studio with yoga and Pilates rooms on the 8th floor.

This is the game room with pool tables and a nearby golf simulator.

Or check out the media centre with movie theatre seating.

And then invite your friends to eat out on the grilling terrace complete with dining cabanas.

There's also a baby grand piano and multiple seating areas in the drawing room on the 7th floor.

Or snuggle up and read some architecture books in the New York by Gehry library.

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