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'Jenga building,' the tower of blocks (pictures)

Construction of this iconic skyscraper in New York's Tribeca district might now proceed after a long delay. It could be completed by spring 2016.

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Crave freelancer Tim Hornyak is the author of "Loving the Machine: The Art and Science of Japanese Robots." He has been writing about Japanese culture and technology for a decade. E-mail Tim.
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Block world

Designed by architectural firm Herzog & de Meuron, this 60-story skyscraper planned for 56 Leonard in New York's Tribeca district has become known as the "Jenga Building" for its unusual design.
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Stack of houses

Nicknamed "the Jenga Building" after the 1980s game of wooden blocks, "the project is conceived as a stack of individual houses, where each house is unique and identifiable within the overall stack," according to the architects.
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Corner space

The building will stand at the corner of Leonard and Church. It will have 145 residential units, including 10 large penthouses.
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Geometry of space

The ground floor will house a small retail space, and could feature a spherical sculpture by Anish Kapoor, as well as a "vertical garden."
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Rooms with a view

The residential units will have window walls up to 14 feet tall, with views of the New York skyline and surrounding rivers.
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Unique spaces

Only five of the 145 apartments will be repeated, so most of the residences in the building will be unique.

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