Construction Update: 56 Leonard Street

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56 Leonard has continued its slow ascent, and the exceedingly complicated floor-plates of the tower’s lower levels have translated into a very slow climb; since work resumed at the end of 2012, the building has only risen seven floors. The Herzog & de Meuron-designed skyscraper will eventually stand 56 stories and 821 feet, which will make it Tribeca’s tallest. By 2020, 56 Leonard will be overtaken by three additional residential buildings – 30 Park Place, 22 Thames, and 80 South Street – a sign that Lower Manhattan’s luxury boom is only just beginning.

The tower’s climb should begin to accelerate as it proceeds above the current floor, as the mid-sections of 56 Leonard follow a standard layout; the staggered-floor-plate chaos begins again at the penthouse levels, where the final layers of discordance give the structure its defining, iconic, and jenga-like silhouette. Completion is slated for 2015, but the building is already nearly sold-out, a testament to the project’s notoriety and starchitect design.

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