New York tower plays real-life Jenga

A New York tower is set to play real-life Jenga with the city’s skyline.

The building’s jumble of cubes, designed by Herzog & de Meuron, give the illusion of a skyscraper that is halfway through being used for a game of the tabletop classic – with half of the penthouses about to topple off.

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Work back on the Swiss firm’s proposal back in 2008, but the Tribeca tower was, ironically, cut short shortly afterwards, because its developer, Alexico Group, was unable to raise the required funding due to the recession.

Work has since resumed as of 2012, though, reports Dezeen, with the building still retaining its distinctive design. It stands now at 56 Leonard Street in Manhattan, reaching 60 storeys into the air, making its random assembling of glass blocks seem all the precarious. The idea recalls BIG’s planned replacement for Foster + Partners’ Two World Trade Centre tower – or, at the extreme end of the scale, Dubai’s now famous rotated tower, which looks like someone grabbed the top of a Jenga tower and twisted everything by 45 degrees.

Herzog & de Meuron, though, are not about to outdone, with their penthouses at the peak of the Leonard Street project boasting up to 200 feet of continuous window walls, just to ensure residents enjoy both stunning views and a hefty dose of vertigo. The building also includes a swimming pool, an indoor/outdoor theatre, a gym and a conference centre.

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The result is a dizzying new addition to the New York skyline. Indeed, it is no surprise that the building, which is now nearing completion, has been drawing lots of attention on Instagram.