Blockish 'Jenga building' going up in New York

Don't take a block from the bottom and put it on top. This 60-story deluxe condo would topple all over New York, but it's set to redefine the skyline.

Designed by Herzog & De Meuron, 56 Leonard Street will have 14-foot windows overlooking the metropolis. www.56leonardtribeca.com

How would you like to live in a puzzle in the sky? How about right on top of Manhattan?

After a long delay, a rather puzzling 60-story condo building in New York's Tribeca district could soon start becoming a reality. It's made up of a pile of stacked residential units, a design that earned it the nickname "the Jenga Building" after the 1980s game of wooden blocks.

Conceived by Swiss architectural firm Herzog & De Meuron, the 56 Leonard Street project could see completion by spring 2016, according to the Tribeca Citizen.

The 145 condos, including 10 large penthouses, are conceived as individual "pixels" grouped on a floor-by-floor basis.

They recall Montreal's Habitat 67 and Tokyo's Nakagin Capsule Tower, among other stacked buildings.

As the architects explain it: "Aggregated together, these houses in the sky form a cohesive stack, a vertical neighborhood, somewhat akin to New York's specific neighborhoods with their distinctive mix of proximity and privacy in equal measure."

There's a very cool animation of the building's "construction" occurring out of thin air at the project Web site here.

The lower floors could feature some retail space, as well as an iconic spherical sculpture by Anish Kapoor, known for his stainless steel "Cloud Gate" piece in Chicago.

Check out more design views of the building in the gallery above. Would you live in this tower of blocks?

(Via Gizmag)

 

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