Wednesday, February 18, 2009

56 Leonard.

More jenga inspired buildings. This one is a keeper. I reckon that the Final Wooden House in Japan is more of an art piece, or a concept, but this one is livable, very livable. 

56 Leonard is a 56 storey residential tower in New York City. It houses 145 apartment units and 10 penthouse units. It is designed by Swiss architects architects Herzog & de Meuron (the same folks that designed the bird's nest stadium in Beijing). 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 pixilated vertical layering of individually sculpted, highly customized, graceful private residences opening to the atmosphere.

Homes available at 56 Leonard Street will range in size from 1,430 square feet to 6,380 square feet, and will include two to five bedroom residences and 10 penthouses on their own floors. Prices for the residences at 56 Leonard Street range from USD$3.5 million to USD$33 million.

The artist's impression of the residential block.

Another view of the tower.

London based artist, Anish Kapoor has been commissioned to design a sculpture for the lobby. It looks like as though the building is resting on a steel balloon. 

The artist's impression of the Penthouse's kitchen and living space. The grand piano shaped kitchen and custom designed range hood is also designed by the architects, Herzog & de Meuron.

The artist's impression of the great room (aka living / dining room). Love the new term for their living and dining room although in the smaller units, it isn't that great.

The indoor/outdoor 75-foot infinity edge pool, one of Manhattan’s largest, surrounded by a black terrazzo deck inlaid with spherical glass aggregate. An adjoining outdoor sundeck cantilevers 20 feet over the block to provide extraordinary Tribeca views and a sense of connection to the district.

2 bedroom floor plan.

4 bedroom floor plan.

3 bedroom floor plan.

Floor plan of the Penthouse. This one costs USD$21 million. 

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