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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.”
Though it was only completed a year ago, Gehry's building has already become a part of the New York skyline.
The building stands 870 feet above the streets of Manhattan, higher than many helicopters fly in the city.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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