The raw interior of Herzog & de Meuron's jenga building has been revealed

56 Leonard Street by Herzog & de Meuron. Photos Alexander Severin Architectural

NEW YORK CITY – Sparkly and shiny domestic properties are very nice for living in but often don’t make the most interesting of subjects to critique; they might look exciting from the outside but pristinely-white interior surfaces don’t offer much to write about. The globally renowned duo of Jacques Hertoz and Pierre de Meuron has recently completed one such high-rise residential tower at 56 Leonard Street in Tribeca, downtown Manhattan.



The architects’ so-called ‘jenga’ building was featured in Mark #67 upon completion and the raw interior has now been revealed. The immaculately-glazed elevations clearly advocate superiority and luxury in an area that is home to the world’s largest concentration of cast-iron building façades. Internally, the project’s communal amenities tell a different story.

Although still projecting a high level of class – the 145 apartments range in price from USD 3–35 million, after all – the architects have swapped the stereotypical glossy aesthetic for down-to-earth rough-concrete finishes and monochrome furnishings.





Between floors nine and ten, modern living is priority and 56 Leonard Street includes a whole host of facilities for its residents, from a fully-equipped fitness centre and swimming pool to a social library.

The interior approach is raw, contemporary and direct. There are no apologies for the bluntness of the materiality, nor its contrast to the building’s dramatic exterior. The project – which has been under construction for nearly ten years – now awaits the final touch: a mirrored sculpture has been commissioned for the base, courtesy of British artist Anish Kapoor.



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Location 56 Leonard Street, New York City, NY, United States


This project is featured in Mark #67. Get your copy here.

Billboard: German Design Council
Billboard: German Design Council

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