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Gehry's New York tower scoops major skyscraper prize

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Frank Gehry’s 8 Spruce Street residential tower in New York has been awarded the coveted Emporis Skyscraper Award for 2011

The 76-storey building also known as The Beekman was ranked highest for functional and aesthetic design by a jury of Emporis editors.

Skidmore, Owings and Merrill’s Al Hamra Tower in Kuwait City came in second place, while DBI Design’s Etihad Towers in Abu Dhabi was third.

There were no UK towers in the top 10.

Gehry’s Manhattan tower was praised for its façade of 10,500 stainless steel panels, some of which are undulating.

The 265 m tall building contains a school, a doctors’ surgery and retail space as well as apartments. It took five years to build and was completed in 2011.

The jury said 8 Spruce Street stood out ‘even in Manhattan’s already remarkable skyline’.

Gehry is involved in high profile schemes across North America.

Facebook this summer confirmed it was working with the starchitect on a 40,000m² expansion of its headquarters in San Francisco.

The Facebook West scheme for the social networking behemoth will create the largest open-plan office in the world, housing around 3,400 engineers.

In October, the Toronto-born architect revealed details of a mixed-use scheme to boost his home city’s arts district.

The multi-year, multi-phase project will include new cultural, residential and retail spaces on a site next to the city’s historic Royal Alexandra Theatre.  

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