Frank Gehry's New York Highrise Was Just Named The World's Best New Skyscraper by Emporis [Photos]

The world's newest skyscrapers are pitted against each other for the Emporis Skyscraper Award.

Annualy, the world's newest skyscrapers are pitted against each other for the Emporis Skyscraper Award.  Frank Gehry's 76-story residential tower in lower Manhattan is the latest winner of the Emporis Skyscraper Award with second place in the 2011 competition awarded to Ah HamraTower in Kuwait City. Chicago architecture firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrell designed the 80-story

Emporis, based in Hamburg, Germany, operates a worldwide database of information about building projects. It has given its annual skyscraper award since 2000.

Chosen for its aesthetic and functional design by the team of editors from the construction project database, So, the winner of this year's renowned prize was none other than, this landmark building by the award-winning architect  at 8 Spruce Street in New York City.

(Image courtesy of Gehry Partners)

Also known as New York by Gehry and The Beekman, the tallest residential tower in the western hemisphere 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.

(Image courtesy of Gehry Partners)

"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."

(Image courtesy of Gehry Partners)

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

(Image courtesy of Gehry Partners)

His trademark style of undulating waves of titanium has been transferred to a highrise for the first time, and with it a lot of press and critique.

(Image courtesy of Gehry Partners)

Chicago may have been the birthplace of the skyscraper, but cities in Canada, Asia and  the Middle East have been building highrises that boggle the mind in terms of their design, imagination and their height.

(Image courtesy of Gehry Partners)

For many years, New York City was the leader in both the design and the number of skyscrapers built. However, in the past couple of decades, New York has fallen behind much of the rest of the world top cities when it comes to unique design, it hasn't had the tallest building in the world since 1974. New York City used to dominate lists of the Top 10 Skyscrapers in the World in term of height, and in design. Now it's competing with other Cities.

(Image courtesy of Gehry Partners)

European cities shy away from skyscrapers, unlike cities in Canada, Asia and the Middle East.

This Past October, David Mirvish, founder of Mirvish Productions, and world‐renowned architect Frank Gehry unveiled the conceptual design for a mixed‐use project that will transform Toronto’s downtown arts and entertainment district and advance the area’s future as a thriving cultural centre.

The multi‐year, multi‐phase project is the largest and most significant urban commission to date for the Toronto‐born architect, bringing new cultural, residential and retail spaces to a site immediately next to the Royal Alexandra Theatre and creating a new visual identity for the city’s premier arts district.

See Related Article: David Mirvish and Frank Gehry Unveil Conceptual Design to transform Toronto’s downtown arts and entertainment district [Photos]

So when it was announced that Gehry would be desiging this new structure at King St W & Simcoe St, there was much anticipation. Would this new project gain Toronto a spot among the greatest highrises ever designed ? or will it one of Gehry's masterpieces?

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