Building: 56 Leonard Tribeca

21 Mar

Tribeca is about as close to the GFC as you can get. There you will find an entire region of Manhattan, recently populated by nouveau riche 30-somethings, most of them (once) employed in banking and finance, insurance, and the like. And now it is home to an eye-popping new building, 56Leonard.

There’s no doubting that 56Leonard is a good looking bird. In its design, architectural stalwarts Herzog & de Meuron (creators of the Beijing National Stadium, amongst others) have created a collective “fuck you” to everyone who said high rises in the US would be a thing of the past after the 9/11 attacks. It looks like hundreds of Neutra houses stacked on top of each other in a random and infinite manner, and with floor to ceiling glass on every level, it is a voyeurs dream. Sculptor Anish Kapoor has also added his personal touch with a commissioned kidney sculpture (below).

Don’t worry about the fact that Tribeca is soon to return to the days of RENT (all together, “how we gonna paaaay…”). 56Leonard is a captivating addition to New York’s skyline. We’ll worry about those repayments later.

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