Herzog & de Meuron’s 56 Leonard

The Swiss firm Herzog & de Meuron has revealed the first interior photographs of “56 Leonard”, the 60-story skyscraper sited in New York’s Tribeca neighborhood. The tower, which began opening to residents last year, has been nicknamed the “jenga building”, a moniker derived from its cantilevered balconies.

The project is conceived as a stack of individual houses, where each house is unique and identifiable within the overall stack. At the base of the tower, the stack reacts to the scale and specific local conditions on the street, while the top staggers and undulates to merge with the sky.

As well as 56 Leonard’s distinctive exterior, Herzog & de Meuron has also designed the building’s interiors. Connecting the tower’s ninth and tenth floors, a sculptural concrete staircase joins the scheme’s two levels of amenities. Facilities for residents include a 75 foot pool with adjoining outdoor sun deck and hot tub, and a fitness center complete with yoga studio, steam room, and treatment room. An emphasis has been placed on bespoke features throughout the building and even the elevators have custom designed interiors. Each apartment has a unique floor plan and all feature cantilevering private outdoor spaces. The ten penthouses, eight of which are full floor homes, have private landings and beyond the threshold you’ll find 14ft window walls opening up views across Manhattan and beyond.

These large program components register on the exterior as large-scale blocks, cantilevering and shifting according to internal configurations and the desire to capture specific views, which ultimately results in the sculptural expression of the top. As a volume, the building has extreme proportions – at the very edge of what is structurally possible – and given its relatively small footprint, is exceptionally tall and slender.

Rising to a total height of 796 feet, the 145-unit tower is topped with 10 penthouses that offer uninterrupted views across the magnificent skyline of New York City.

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