Back In the Game With: 56 Leonard

Construction workers in NYC are constructing a building that looks like it could break the guinness world record for world’s largest jenga tower. 56 Leonard, one of the priciest condominium buildings in Tribeca, is finally continuing construction. After seeing the rendering of this project, the real time version brings the future-esque drawing into reality and gives us something to physically feast our eyes upon.

This soon-to-be new Lower Manhattan residential building will awe us entirely when it is completed, as it already has spectators fawning for the finished product. Construction of this uniquely crafted addition to Tribeca was previously stopped late last year due to scaffolding issues. 56 Leonard in particular having such an irregular building structure, required larger scaffolding to suffice for the floor designs being built. This resulted in the city giving the building a stop work order, which isn’t entirely uncommon in the world of development. The stop work order, coupled with a concrete contractor that was dismissed, undoubtedly led to unexpected delays in the construction of this eye-catching building. Thankfully, the construction is back on!

Herzog and de Mueron designed the evolutionary tower, in conjunction with sculptor Anish Kapoor. Together, they are creating a synergy of building and sculpture becoming one, with art and architecture. 56 Leonard will be Kapoor’s first permanent work in NYC.

Almost all of the units that encompass the new building have already been signed for; residents are eagerly awaiting their piece of the 56 Leonard to be fully completed. The development hosts 10 penthouse units that all have private elevator access, high ceilings, and colossal terraces. One of the penthouses has been sold for $31 million, and the last penthouse on the market went up for $18.75 million. The 145-unit building, features panoramic views of the Hudson and East Rivers. If the views weren’t already breathtaking, the list of amenities will surely knock your socks off, with everything you can think of—yoga studios, saunas, catering kitchen, dining salon, treatment room, 75-foot infinity lap pool, indoor/outdoor theater. We can see why the building is already spoken for when it comes to occupants.

With the construction currently underway 56 Leonard is giving something to everyone. For residents, there is hope that their homes will be built quickly, and for Manhattanites, a particularly novel building gives us all another reason to look up.