56 Leonard Street Building

56 Leonard Street is a 57-floor skyscraper located in Tribeca, New York. When it was topped off, it was considered as the tallest building in Tribeca. It was primarily built as a residential building known for its unique design, described as “houses stacked in the sky.”

56 Leonard Street Building History

The property where the building now stands belonged to the New York Law School. The land and air rights was then purchased in 2007 by the Alexico Group led by Izak Senbahar to develop the property to the tune of $150 million. Initial construction followed immediately after that. Work on the foundation started in 2008 but was halted before the end of the year when the project was put on hold. It took another four years before construction work finally resumed sometime in 2012. Construction was finally completed in 2017 while the building was formally opened in early 2016.

56 Leonard Street Profile

The 56 Leonard Street building was designed by Herzog & de Meuron, a well-known Swiss architectural firm. This skyscraper stands 821 feet or 250 meters tall. It has a total of 60 floors, three of which are underground. The building has a uniquely Jenga-like design featuring cantilevering floor slabs on the top floors. The design seeks to destroy the common idea of a skyscraper being like a glass tower. The design of the 56 Leonard Street building has allowed it to reap awards.

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