56 Leonard Street

Swiss firm Herzog & De Meuron designed 56 Leonard, a 60-story skyscraper sited in New York’s Tribeca neighborhood. As well as 56 Leonard’s distinctive exterior, Herzog & De Meuron also designed the building’s interiors, including a 17,000 square foot private amenity space.

Connecting the tower’s ninth and tenth floors, a sculptural concrete staircase joins the scheme’s two levels of amenities. Facilities for residents include a 75 foot pool with adjoining outdoor sun deck and hot tub, and a fitness center complete with yoga studio, steam room, and treatment room.

The high-rise tower is an important ingredient within the contemporary city of New York. However, towers have come to be defined solely by their height and, as a type, they have become anonymous.

Typical residential towers, while successful in aggregating the living unit, often fail to improve upon the living environment. 56 Leonard Street acts against this anonymity and repetitiveness, emanating from so many towers of the recent past. Its ambition is to achieve, despite its size, a character that is individual and personal, perhaps even intimate.

The project is conceived as a stack of individual houses, where each house is unique and identifiable within the overall stack.