Herzon Meuron

Herzog & de Meuron – 56 Leonard Street, NY

In the design by Herzog & de Meuron for 560 Leonard Street the load-bearing structure is strategically absent in the façade. The round columns are placed where Le Corbusier put them: just off the wall. The effect is not so much that of weightlessness – the building still has a distinct, ‘heavy’ mass that firmly stands on the ground. No, combined with the hip displacement of the upper floors, the effect is that of the stack. A stack of 56 stories, to be precise.

One Reply to “Herzon Meuron”

  1. very clever chaps those swiss, especially feeling the Anish Kapoor piece on the ground floor, good to see new life breathed into tall buildings again.

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