Lend Lease has secured a new concrete subcontractor for 56 Leonard Street, and construction on Herzog & de Meuron’s Tribeca masterpiece is finally beginning to resume; a worker on-site confirmed the news, adding that things should be back to speed soon. The tower’s developers are Hines and Alexico.
The next phase of construction will be easier than the skyscraper’s base, which is just coming into view; now that scaffolding is coming off, the first of the building’s concrete reveals are becoming visible, and they are equally attractive as the depictions in renderings. The irregular floorplates are plainly evident, and the minor cantilevers that distinguish the bottom floors are remarkable in both design and complexity.
While curveballs are frequent when it comes to development, the process behind 56 Leonard is so much more complicated than what typical skyscrapers have to go through, given the differences between each floor. Many developers would value-engineer the ‘interesting’ parts of the tower to oblivion, but Hines has shown an interest in actually building high-quality designs; every one of the firm’s Manhattan projects is top-notch.
Units at 56 Leonard are almost sold-out, and completion of the tower is slated for 2016. Construction on the mid-sections should progress faster than the base levels, as floors begin to follow semi-regular layouts; Herzog & de Meuron’s visionary structure will soon be visible on the Tribeca skyline.
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