The 8 Spruce Street Tower is a 76-story skyscraper that is located in the New York City borough of Manhattan. The name of the building actually also tells of its address in the city, which is just south of City Hall Plaza and the Brooklyn Bridge. Also originally known as the Beekman Tower, 8 Spruce Street is considered as the tallest residential building in the Western Hemisphere.
8 Spruce Street Profile
This residential tower is also being called as “New York by Gehry”, after its noted architect Frank Gehry. The building had its groundbreaking and 2006 after which construction began. It was completed and eventually opened in 2011. The building was developed by Forest City Ratner and constructed by Kreisler Borg Florman.
8 Spruce Street Features
The 8 Spruce Street Tower stands 867 feet or 267 meters high. It has a total of 76 floors and a total floor area of 1 million square feet or 93,000 square meters. The building offers residential space for a majority of the floors but also has some space reserved for other uses. For one, the first 5 floors of the building will be used as a public elementary school owned by the Department of Education. The building will also have space for the New York downtown Hospital. The rest of the living spaces above the building are comprised of 903-unit luxury residential apartments of various sizes up for rent, with nothing being made available for sale.
8 Spruce Street Design
The design of the 8 Spruce Street Tower was developed sometime in 2003. Frank Gehry provided a concept design that both blends in and stands out from the impressive New York City skyline. The design is highlighted by a unique curved facade that may stand for streams of water, aluminum sheets or ice shedding, evoking certain feelings as shadows and lines are created as light reflects from its surface. A modernist take with some classical influences such as those baroque curves in its facade, the 8 Spruce Street is considered to be one of the finest skyscrapers ever to rise up from the New York skyline in the most recent of times.