This highrise building features a long development history due to fiancial problems. First of all it is beautifully designed by Herzog & De Meuron and named ‘56 Leonard Street’. It is the first skyscraper to built for the architects and will be a 57-story residential condominium building at the intersection of Church Street and Leonard Street in the Tribeca Historic District of downtown Manhattan (New York), where it will rise above cobbled streets and historic 19th century neighbors.
“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.”
In late 2008 work on the building stopped as the recession hits the investors, that failed to raise the last part of the project’s $600 million in financing. This week it was announced that the construction can go on, finally. While the design plans have not changed that much it is not sure whether the stainless steel scultpure (second picture) designed by British artist Anish Kapoor is going to be released or not. The new time-table sets a completion date for spring 2016. It would be such a pity if this ambitious design object of a building could not be released.