The desirable New York district of Tribeca is soon to be home to one of the Big Apple’s most daring pieces of architecture. The 60-storey skyscraper located at 56 Leonard Street in is formed by a series of stacked units which has earned it the nickname of the ‘Jenga building’ due to its resemblance to the game of interlinking blocks. When completed, the tower will be home to 145 luxury homes costing between $3.5 million to $33 million.
Designed by Swiss architecture studio Herzog & de Meuron , the different cantilevered floors of the building rotate around a central axis generating a serious of balconies or varied levels and creating a distinctive contrast between light and dark all the way up the tower.
A large part of the structure will also house recreational areas and amenities for residents including a garage, library lounge, infinity-edge swimming pool, fitness centre, cinema and indoor/outdoor theatre. The ground floor of 56 Leonard Street will also feature a dramatic stainless steel sculpture by celebrated artist Anish Kapoor at its entrance which represents a large drop of mercury trying to enter the building.
Each of the 2-5 bedroom homes will be totally individual with custom interiors, quality materials, enormous window walls and private terraces. The Without any doubt the most desirable apartments are the 10 prestigious penthouses which will be spread over the top 9 floors of the structure and will offer unparalleled views across Lower Manhattan.
Although the tower’s height of 243m is nothing by New York standards, the tower is the only skyscraper in the Tribeca neighbourhood , ensuring an unobstructed view of the surroundings and creating a distinctive, jagged addition to the skyline. The unique design of 56 Leonard Street , along with the many other futuristic projects and towers currently in construction across New York, only confirms how the city is opening its doors to a whole new concept of vertical architecture and contemporary living spaces.
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