The Jenga style design of Herzog & de Meuron's residential skyscraper in Tribeca, New York, is drawing accolades from critics and bystanders alike.
Located at 56 Leonard Street, the 250m, 60-storey building has been described as a tower of houses stacked in the sky and lurks over the low-rise neighbourhood.
The tower consists of a succession of cuboid volumes with cantilevered balconies that grow increasingly offset from each other towards the top, drawing comparisons with the blocks used in Jenga games. Floor-to ceiling glass ‘window’ walls are inserted between concrete floor blocks, which form balconies in some places.
The building contains 145 condominium-style homes valued at $3.5 to $50 million US. The units range in size from 1,418 to 6,400 square feet and include up to five bedrooms, all with custom-designed fixtures, kitchens, bathrooms, fireplaces, and private outdoor areas. Residents enjoy amenities such as a conference centre, fitness suite, 23-metre swimming pool, and an indoor / outdoor theatre.