56 Leonard Street by Herzog & de Meuron

September 15, 2008

Herzog & de Meuron Architects have released images of the first high-rise tower of the firm’s career which is already under construction at 56 Leonard Street in New York City.
56 Leonard Street will be a 57-story residential condominium building in the Tribeca District of downtown Manhattan.

From the developer:

The tower will house 145 residences, each with its own unique floor plan and private outdoor space, in a veritable cascade of individual homes that the architects describe as “houses stacked in the sky,” blending indoors and outdoors seamlessly together. With its articulated surfaces, dramatic cantilevers, profiled slab edges, profusion of balconies, expanses of glass, and views from downtown Manhattan to as far as the Atlantic Ocean, Herzog & de Meuron’s 56 Leonard Street breaks down the old image of the high-rise as a sleek, hermetically sealed urban object to propose instead a thoughtful, daring and ultimately dazzling new alternative – the iconic American skyscraper re-envisioned as a pixelated vertical layering of individually sculpted, highly customized, graceful private residences opening to the atmosphere.

Visit the 56 Leonard Street website – here.

The building will also feature a sculpture by Anish Kapoor, integrated into the architecture