by Adriana Zingone
Dada custom made kitchens and baths designs furnish Herzog & de Meuron’s & Alexico Group’s latest addition to NYC’s skyline. In a metropolis known for its diversity, international luminaries team up on a new contribution to the iconic New York City skyline at 56 Leonard Street. The tower, designed by Pritzker Prize winners Herzog & de Meuron, is a vertical expression of sculpted cantilevers and sparkling glass.
Iconic and striking from the outside, careful details throughout every interior space including the custom kitchens created by Dada’s Contract Division show the thought and creativity at the heart of this project. The remarkable building at 56 Leonard Street, developed by the Alexico Group, comprises 146 residences including 10 penthouses reaching skywards. The custom made Dada kitchens and bathrooms designed by Herzog & de Meuron, are inspired by the shape of the sculptural structure of the building. Dada specializing in kitchens under the Molteni Group produced 146 bespoke kitchens prominently featuring rounded black lacquer islands with ingenious sliding granite tops. The dark islands are in contrast to glossy acid etched mirror glass cabinets which reinforce the context of Herzog & de Meuron’s linear exterior structure. Dada also contributed custom-made mirrored linen closets and 286 cabinets with mirrored sliding doors, to reflect back the stunning views and achieve intimacy with and within the cityscape. “Our legacy is one of innovation and embracing new ideas, collaborating with Herzog & de Meuron to create a new design language was an enriching challenge and a natural ideological fit.” Says the Molteni Group President and CEO Carlo Molteni.
The building, designed by Herzog & de Meuron and built by Alexico Group, includes a library, a 25-seat theater/cinema, a play area for children, a self-catering kitchen, a fitness room, an indoor/outdoor pool with solarium. The entrance to the tower will host a work of art commissioned by the British sculptor Anish Kapoor, which will be installed in 2018. Kapoor’s sculpture, the artist’s first permanent public work in Manhattan, will make the entrance of the new residential building suggestive. As soon as you look up, you can see cantilever-like overhanging glass-like shells that create stunning views. The result is an unprecedented dialogue between architecture and sublime art.
by Adriana Zingone