Frank Gehry's Wrinkled Beekman Tower has a Dynamic Exterior

By: JDurhamII - Published: Mar 24, 2011 • References: gizfactory & materialicious
Frank Gehry's Beekman tower is a vertical concrete wonderland. Known as the tallest tower in the western hemisphere, Beekman tower is a 76-story, 870-foot tall behemoth of a building (which is pretty damn sexy, if I do say so myself).

Beekkman tower is made using reinforced concrete, and its stainless steel facade has a wrinkling effect to it. The wrinkled Beekman tower is affected by light that changes throughout the day, which transforms its dynamic exterior. In other words, the building seems to change shape with different sun angles. Due to much controversy regarding its being constructed, the building had a high chance of being only half its size due to critics saying it was too opulent for a struggling economy. The wrinkled Beekman tower's amenities include an elementary school, a space for a downtown New York hospital, luxury apartments and an underground parking garage. Stats for Shape-Changing Towers Trending: Older & Mild
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