United States

91 Leonard Street

LOCATION
New York, United States
ARCHITECT
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) & Hill West Architects
YEAR
2019
PRODUCTS
KeraTwin

91 Leonard Street

Statement in New York

One of the special features of this building on Broadway, designed by Skidmore, Owings and Merrill (SOM), are the up to 250 m² luxury apartments. The finely structured façade surfaces with matt black ceramic are also unique. Thanks to them, the 64-meter-high residential building blends into the architectural context with confidence and respect.

Living is extremely popular in downtown Manhattan. Perhaps the hippest district is the former industrial quarter of Tribeca. One of the most exciting projects here is the "91 Leonard", completed in 2019. 19 storeys high and with a total of 16,500 m², it was built according to the plans of the New York architectural firm SOM, which was also responsible for the construction of the One World Trade Center.

"Our primary design goal was to create a building that relates to and respects the surrounding historic city structure while providing a modern addition to the neighborhood," said SOM Director Kim Van Holsbeke. This has been achieved through a finely structured façade with large windows - a reference to the neighbouring old warehouse buildings and lofts with brick and natural stone façades. Regularly placed double windows are framed by a grid structure of rectangular ceramic baguettes from the KeraShape® system. The areas between this grid structure and the recessed window openings consist of facade tiles of the ventilated terracotta facade system KeraTwin® K20. This creates a detailed and contrast-rich picture. The elegant, matt black glaze of the terracotta creates a respectful interaction with neighbouring buildings - a contemporary interpretation of the typical Tribeca materials cast iron and stone.

If you stand in the spacious lobby, the fine furniture and the extensive glazing with a view of the leafy inner courtyard reveal that luxury is at home here. Just like in the apartments, which are between 50 and 250 m² in size, on the roof terrace, in the cinema hall or in the spa area. Even from the outside, the façade, designed with great precision and sensual craftsmanship, makes it clear that this is a very special building.

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