2014 has brought rapid progress to 56 Leonard, where the new tower crane is now rising; a reader sent in elevated shots of the project, which is now climbing past its neighbors.
Cranes have been a particular issue at 56 Leonard — amongst other things — as the original belonged to a contractor that is no longer working on the building. The transition from old to new has been rapid, and everything should be back to speed shortly.
Besides dealing with financing issues for half a decade, the initial floors of the Herzog & de Meuron-designed building were exceedingly complicated; for perspective, the project began to go vertical approximately one year ago. The minor cantilevers and setbacks that characterize the lowest floors have been difficult to build, but even without glass 56 Leonard looks distinctive, and is on its way to iconic.
The tower portion is now at the fourteenth floor, which puts it well into the mid-levels of the building. Construction has evidently sped up over the last two months, as forms have moved beyond the structure’s most Jenga-like components; floor-plans will follow standard layouts until the very top of the building, which will also be complicated.
Completion is expected in 2016.
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