ArchDaily’s previous coverage of Herzog & de Meuron‘s 56 Leonard Street was around the time when construction was just about to begin. Now four years later, construction seems about ready to restart, according to bdOnline. Join us after the break for more details.
The unique 57-story tower has been likened to a “Jenga” block for its offset slabs that alternate to a height of 830 feet. It may not sound like much for New York but this building, situated in the lower Manhattan neighborhood of Tribeca, will tower over the low-rise houses at its base. The community opposition may be one factor for this tower’s delayed construction, but the construction stalled when the economy took a nose dive. Lend Lease US and developer Alexico plan to rehabilitate the project when they bought the site for $135 million, saying that construction will begin as soon as all required permits are pulled.
The architects are probably itching to begin the construction for building they designed in 2006. The unique configuration of the floors makes for a complicated structure, so Lend Lease project manager Tony DelGreco predicts that construction will proceed slow and steady. The new tower will provide 145 residences. Interiors are detailed by Herzog & de Meuron and an Anish Kapoor sculpture may still greet pedestrians at street level.