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JENGA! Herzog & de Meuron's 56 Leonard Revealed

 

Monday, September 15, 2008, by Joey

 

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To those who say New York's building boom is coming to an end, well...at least it's going out with a bang! Last week brought us the reveal of Dutch starchitect Rem Koolhaas' eagerly-anticipated condo building at 23 East 22nd Street just south of Madison Square Park, and today brings the long-awaited debut of Swiss starchitects Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron's condo tower at 56 Leonard Street in Tribeca. It has been almost a full year since we revealed that Herzog & de Meuron would follow up 40 Bond in New York with their first residential high-rise building, a 57-story project developed by the deep-pocketed Alexico Group at the corner of Leonard and Church Streets. In that time, the firm's stock has soared to new heights, thanks to the celebrated design of Beijing's Bird's Nest stadium. And so, the official unveiling of this 145-unit skyscraper is garnering local and international headlines.

 

The concept is "houses stacked in the sky," and each apartment will have a unique floorplan as well as its own private outdoor space. The outcome is a mish-mash of cantilevers that the architects describe as a "pixelated vertical layering" look. The building is broken up into five "zones" from bottom to top: lobby, "townhouse" residences, amenities spaces, tower residences and penthouses, of which there are 10. Amenities will include a 75-foot swimming pool with adjoining sun deck, screening room, children's play room, library and more. The double-height lobby will be sheathed in black granite.

 

The apartments themselves will range in size from 1,430 square feet to 6,380, all two- to five-bedroom spreads priced from $3.5 million to $33 million. Herzog & de Meuron handled all the interior details, from the 12-foot glass doors that lead to the outdoor spaces, to the handrails on the balconies, to the champagne-colored window mullions, to the piano-like dining island to the massive floor-to-ceiling fireplace hearths. In fact, the only thing the architects seemingly didn't have a hand was is the outdoor sculpture designed by British artist Anish Kapoor specifically for 56 Leonard. Seen in the above gallery of renderings, the metallic orb looks like Kapoor's Chicago Cloud Gate rolled into Tribeca and got caught under the building's base. Squish!

 

Corcoran Sunshine will be handling the sales, and the sales office is expected to open later this week. Occupancy is scheduled for late fall 2010. The downtown skyline rendering seen up top conspicuously omits Robert A.M. Stern's 80-story 30 Park Place tower currently under construction (and maybe even Frank Gehry's Beekman?), but we're most curious about how 56 Leonard will impact another new Tribeca luxury condo building, Five Franklin Place. All of a sudden, Ben van Berkel's bendy black ribbons make up the second most avant-garde apartment building within two blocks. That's gotta bruise the ol' ego.

 

· 56 Leonard [Official Site]

· All Curbed 56 Leonard Street coverage [Curbed]

 

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more renderings:

http://curbed.com/archives/2008/09/15/jenga_herzog_de_meurons_56_leonard_revealed.php?o=4

 

 

 

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Chicago getting crushed by Manhattan

 

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Enough! Enough with the shinannigans!! Just because jenga style skyscrapers look like they're already about to collapse, it doesn't mean they're terrorist-proof.

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looks like herzog & de meuron out jenga'd the recent reveal of 23 e22nd street, designed by rem koolhaas. what do you think?

 

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vote:

http://curbed.com/archives/2008/09/16/curbed_poll_which_blockbuster_reveal_is_the_real_deal.php

 

 

ps -- here's something silly:

 

mao's out. herzog & de meuron are in.

 

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now when are we gonna get 56 leonard street on our $10 bill?  yay architecture! :laugh:

 

http://lifewithoutbuildings.net/2008/09/architecture-replaces-authority-on-chinese-currency.html

 

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LOOK. I'm not going to be able to afford a unit in Manhattan for a long, long time .. if ever. I can at least get excited by new architecture.

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LOOK. I'm not going to be able to afford a unit in Manhattan for a long, long time .. if ever. I can at least get excited by new architecture.

If new architecture "excites" you....you've got big problems Buster!  he he he he

Its projects like this that make you realize the building boom is far from over. They're just going to keep building taller and taller.

 

It's over, yet Manhattan is a different beat.  NYC - particularly Manhattan - cannot be compared to any part of the country when you are looking at real estate.

 

No where in the country can you say, If I lived/move one block east, west, north or south, the value of my home change by $250k.

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No where in the country can you say, If I lived/move one block east, west, north or south, the value of my home change by $250k.

 

Actually, in Indian Hill you could! (but I know what you're saying) ;)

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No where in the country can you say, If I lived/move one block east, west, north or south, the value of my home change by $250k.

 

Actually, in Indian Hill you could! (but I know what you're saying) ;)

FINE..

 

Revised.  In no urbanized city center, in the states can you say, "If I lived/move one block east, west, north or south, the value of my home change by $250k."

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No where in the country can you say, If I lived/move one block east, west, north or south, the value of my home change by $250k.

 

Actually, in Indian Hill you could! (but I know what you're saying) ;)

FINE..

 

Revised. In no urbanized city center, in the states can you say, "If I lived/move one block east, west, north or south, the value of my home change by $250k."

 

Guys, what'd you think ...

 

Couldn't one see this with Central Pkwy and 12th St.? I don't know ... it's too close.

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LOOK. I'm not going to be able to afford a unit in Manhattan for a long, long time .. if ever. I can at least get excited by new architecture.

If new architecture "excites" you....you've got big problems Buster! he he he he

Its projects like this that make you realize the building boom is far from over. They're just going to keep building taller and taller.

 

It's over, yet Manhattan is a different beat. NYC - particularly Manhattan - cannot be compared to any part of the country when you are looking at real estate.

 

No where in the country can you say, If I lived/move one block east, west, north or south, the value of my home change by $250k.

 

From what I saw a few weeks ago, there is still a lot going on Hells Kitchen but in areas like soho and  tribeca, everything that can be converted seems to have already been converted or built. I'm just worried that if they don't keep building, demand won't be allievated and as a result, NYC will get even more expensive (based on what I've learned about what happens when you have growth boundaries). Damn!t, I wanna be able to afford to live there in my late 20s.

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I really enjoyed Hells Kitchen. It had a good vibe that I was digging.

 

David, we all want to live in NYC, but don't you ever think that you are part of the bigger picture in making your city get to that point that NYC has always been at?

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David, we all want to live in NYC

 

Not true. I'm in NYC, and I'm ready to leave.

 

but don't you ever think that you are part of the bigger picture in making your city get to that point that NYC has always been at?

 

One of the reasons I'm considering strongly moving back soon-ish.

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David, we all want to live in NYC

 

Not true. I'm in NYC, and I'm ready to leave.

 

C'mon JPop, of course not everyone wants to live in NYC, you know what I meant!

I understand what Jpop-tart is saying.  If I could do what I do here at home fulltime, I'd dump this house, retire and consult.

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David, we all want to live in NYC, but don't you ever think that you are part of the bigger picture in making your city get to that point that NYC has always been at?

 

No, because geography is almost irrelevant now, yet you have dozens of large cities and thousands of small ones competing for growth. Of  course Cincinnati and Columbus can improve and are already great cities in their own right, but they will never be as big or international as NYC.

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mrnyc, do you think I live in The Bronx because I especially love it here? :(

 

YES.  I saw you on the 2 train with your Kangoo hat, hollow gold chains and Adidas track suit!  I'd definitely say you ARE the spirit of The BX!

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mrnyc, do you think I live in The Bronx because I especially love it here? :(

 

YES. I saw you on the 2 train with your Kangoo hat, hollow gold chains and Adidas track suit! I'd definitely say you ARE the spirit of The BX!

 

If you only heard how hard I laughed ..

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mrnyc, do you think I live in The Bronx because I especially love it here? :(

 

ha. yeah i know, i know. we all get stuck where we get stuck! its the opposite for me, i often work in the south bx (usually 3x/wk), but at least i get to come home to gv. although in reality i live in all the nyc ghettos during the loooonnnggg work week. hey i just thought of something, it's weds night so at least we're past the hump. anyway good luck with your decision, i understand. as for me maybe you heard the saying, "if you live in manhattan 7 years you leave in a box?" so true.

 

 

 

 

 

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some news. the developers opened a slick sales office recently. i guess that is a sign its happening? somebody who was in there said the building model was the biggest they had ever seen. more pics of the office & comments on the link.

 

i am loving this building, i hope they start to build asap.

 

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even with the fancy sales office, i wasn't sure if this one was pie in the sky or what? so i walked by the site yesterday & it is definately for real!

* i'm actually glad i caught it at the very beginning like this, i'll update once in awhile as it rises.

 

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this last one is taken from the east side of broadway facing west (at leonard st on the right)

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funny thing about that, no one ever seems to jump out of buildings very often. not like you'd think. a college freshman or two at nyu regularly seem to jump every year in the fall, but anything else is rare and random. thankfully.

 

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I'm not sure if I like the wedged bean or not. It seems a trifle unnecessary. It's also a little disturbing since it gives the illusion that it is the only thing balancing the building. Sort of like how we used to wedge sugar packets underneath one of the table legs at Indigo.

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