Swiss firm Herzog & de Meuron is getting ready to add another luxury high-rise to Manhattan's skyline. Construction is well under way for its 56 Leonard street condo building, set to rise 60 stories and 820 feet, while the firm's new tower in the Bowery (215 Chrystie) is striving for its own visual identity.
While 56 Leonard presents a distinctive design at street level for pedestrians in the form of seven floors of smoothly glazed rectangular masses (presumably where the condominium amenities will be housed), 215 Chrystie presents a pattern of angled concrete mullions that will form a zig-zag pattern along the building's edge. However, this pattern appears to halt at the 15th floor, when the tower breaks with the height of its surrounding buildings. Furthermore, unlike 56 Leonard, this new tower will feature slabs that extend beyond the facade and will present a series of concrete surfaces when seen directly from the street below.
Rendering of 56 Leonard via 56leonardtribeca
Rendering of 215 Chrystie via newyorkyimby.
As with any luxe New York development, it's all about the views. The condos of 215 Chrystie occupy the top floors and feature more extensive glazing compared to the hotel rooms below. The renderings suggest that the architects, as well as the developer Ian Schrager, have tried to tuck any rooms that might obscure a view (such as the bathroom) into the core.
215 Chrystie. Images via Herzog & de Meuron.