56 Leonard Street

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56 Leonard Street
Construction of 56 Leonard Street Completed in 2017.
56 Leonard Street is located in Lower Manhattan
56 Leonard Street
Location within Lower Manhattan
56 Leonard Street is located in Manhattan
56 Leonard Street
56 Leonard Street (Manhattan)
56 Leonard Street is located in New York City
56 Leonard Street
56 Leonard Street (New York City)
56 Leonard Street is located in New York
56 Leonard Street
56 Leonard Street (New York)
56 Leonard Street is located in the US
56 Leonard Street
56 Leonard Street (the US)
General information
Architectural styleHigh-Tech
LocationManhattan, New York City, United States
Coordinates40°43′04″N 74°00′23″W / 40.71767°N 74.00637°W / 40.71767; -74.00637Coordinates: 40°43′04″N 74°00′23″W / 40.71767°N 74.00637°W / 40.71767; -74.00637
Construction startedMid-2007
Roof821 ft (250 m)
Top floor796 ft (243 m)
Technical details
Floor count60
Floor area500,005 ft² (46,452 m²)
Design and construction
ArchitectHerzog & de Meuron
Goldstein, Hill & West Architects
DeveloperAlexico Group
Structural engineerWSP USA

56 Leonard Street is an 821 feet (250 m) tall, 57-story[1] skyscraper on Leonard Street in Tribeca, New York City, United States. The building was designed by the Swiss architecture firm Herzog & de Meuron, which describes the building as "houses stacked in the sky."[2] It is the tallest structure in Tribeca.[3]

The building has 145 condominium residences priced between US$3.5 million and US$50 million. Residences range in size from 1,418 to 6,400 square feet (131.7 to 594.6 m2) and include 2 to 5 bedrooms all with private outdoor spaces.

As of May 2013, 70% of the building had sold.[4] According to building developer Izak Senbahar, the building was 92% sold in seven months.[5] In June 2013, a penthouse at 56 Leonard went into contract for US$47 million, making it the most expensive residential property ever sold below Midtown Manhattan.[3] The building was completed in 2017, and is informally referred to as the "Jenga Building".[6]


Alexico Group’s Izak Senbahar purchased the land and the air rights in 2007 from the New York Law School for US$150 million. Construction began that same year.[4] Foundation work on this tower began in 2008, but was shut down before the end of the year when the project was put on hold. After nearly four years, construction finally resumed in October 2012.[7]

In 2013, the developers secured a US$350 million loan from a syndicate led by Bank of America.[4][8]


Architecture and design[edit]

56 Leonard is designed by the Pritzker Prize winning architecture firm Herzog & de Meuron. Anish Kapoor, known for the public sculpture Cloud Gate in Chicago, designed a similar sculpture to sit at the base of the building.[11] Herzog & de Meuron also designed the building’s interiors, which include custom designed kitchens, fixtures, bathrooms, and fireplaces.[11] Goldstein, Hill & West Architects LLP is the architect of record.[12]

There is 17,000 square feet (1,600 m2) of amenity spaces on the 9th and 10th floors, including a 75-foot pool, a 25-seat screening room, a private dining room, and a children’s playroom. The building has a total of ten elevators; owners will share a hallway with at most one other apartment. The developers also figured a generator on the ninth floor into the plans.[11]

There are eight full-floor apartments at the top, ranging from 5,200 to 6,400 square feet (480 to 590 m2), with 14-to-19-foot-high (4.3 to 5.8 m) ceilings.[11] In addition, the building features a double-height lobby sheathed in "gleaming" black granite.[13]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "56 Leonard Street". CTBUH Skyscraper Database.
  2. ^ "Stacked houses in the sky". WSP Group. Retrieved 2016-02-01.
  3. ^ a b Barbanel, Josh (June 26, 2013). "Condo's Price Is Straight Up". The Wall Street Journal.
  4. ^ a b c Jason Sheftell (May 9, 2013). "Jenga-like 60-story skyscraper would be Tribeca's tallest". New York Daily News.
  5. ^ Creswell, Julie (November 3, 2013). "Stratospheric Views, and Prices". The New York Times.
  6. ^ "Step Into a $17.75 Million New York City Penthouse". Bloomberg.com. 2017-09-08. Retrieved 2017-10-16.
  7. ^ 56 Leonard Street at Emporis
  8. ^ REW Staff (January 16, 2013). "Construction starts on 56 Leonard Street". Real Estate Weekly.
  9. ^ "ACEC - Engineering Excellence Awards". www.acec.org. Retrieved 2017-10-16.
  10. ^ "Residential/Hospitality Best Project: 56 Leonard". Retrieved 2017-10-16.
  11. ^ a b c d Alexei Barrionuevo (March 14, 2013). "A Few Signs of Spring Downtown". The New York Times.
  12. ^ "Market Focus - Multifamily Housing" (PDF). archrecord.construction.com. Architectural Record. July 2013.
  13. ^ "56 Leonard Street". CityRealty.

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