91 Leonard Street, a sleek, charcoal-colored terracotta condominium with exterior and lobby designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM), brings a modern twist to a mostly 19th-century block in New York City’s Tribeca neighborhood. The project has now reached completion and residents have begun to move in. With 111 luxury condominiums plus amenity spaces, the 178,000-square-foot building was developed by Toll Brothers City Living, with collaborating architect Hill West Architects and interiors by Whitehall Interiors. While the building is more than 85% sold, spacious residences are still available for purchase, and can be occupied immediately.
“91 Leonard Street’s design sets it apart from many of today’s glass towers,” said SOM Design Partner Gary Haney. “It is a meticulously designed, understated building that also integrates and complements the masonry industrial structures of its neighborhood in Tribeca.”
At 210 feet tall, the building is in line with the scale of the neighborhood, and the design is inspired by the cast-iron facades and hand-crafted materials that characterize Tribeca’s architectural heritage. The facade is an assemblage of terracotta baguettes that are accented and framed by an overlay of gridded terracotta extrusions. Large windows open onto Juliet balconies framed by warm bronze trims—a material that simultaneously echoes the history of Tribeca while evoking the modern structures of Lower Manhattan.
“The design for 91 Leonard acknowledges the building’s location on the edge of a historic neighborhood with views overlooking the Tribeca streetscape and loft-like units that nod to the area’s industrial past,” said David West, founding partner of Hill West Architects. “The massing and the building’s arrangement around an interior courtyard also allowed us to achieve our other goal of optimizing light and air for the building.”
“The design team created a handsome, timeless building that fits perfectly within this historic neighborhood, and it has resonated with buyers,” said David von Spreckelsen, President of Toll Brothers City Living. “It’s a great achievement to be over 85% sold by the time construction is complete for a building of this size and has allowed 91 Leonard to be Tribeca’s fastest selling condominium last year.”
“91 Leonard’s exterior material palette also extends into the lobby,” said SOM Director Kim Van Holsbeke. “It’s a space that is as intimate and inviting as it is well crafted.”
The double-height lobby acts as a gated mews—a quiet, light-filled respite from the bustling streets, with views of a private garden courtyard and reflecting pool. Blackened steel-framed windows and accents of bronze trim aesthetically connect with the building’s exterior, and a series of large, custom industrial light fixtures frame the double-height space. Exposed, rusticated brick and structural concrete columns and beams establish a refined industrial feel. The lobby is accessed from a discreet entrance on Leonard Street, and an array of public retail spaces are located on the more animated Broadway side of the building.
The residences, designed by Hill West and Whitehall Interiors, evoke Tribeca’s industrial past, with high ceilings, custom thin planked whitewashed oak floors—a nod to the 1900s factories of Tribeca—and expansive windows that welcome natural light. Adding richness to the simple surroundings, Whitehall incorporated unexpected finishes to the design, like blackened steel back splashes that complement the grey washed cabinets in the kitchen, custom brass and steel fixtures and bardiglio marble in the bathrooms, and beautiful onyx slabs in the powder rooms that are reminiscent of the building’s color palette of muted greys, blues, and warm metals.
Several premier amenities throughout the interior offer a variety of wellness features. One notable amenity is the 60-foot indoor lap pool—a rarity in Tribeca—as well as a sauna and steam room. A resident’s lounge with a fireplace extends from the lobby’s courtyards. The building sets back to accommodate a series of private terraces, providing residents with views and a connection to nature within the building’s urban context. This array of outdoor spaces culminates in a landscaped rooftop terrace with lounge seating.
About Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) is an influential collective of architects, designers, engineers and planners, responsible for some of the world’s most technically and environmentally advanced buildings, and significant public spaces. From a strategic regional plan to a single piece of furniture, SOM’s designs anticipate change in the way we live, work and communicate, and have brought lasting value to communities around the world. The firm’s approach is highly collaborative, and its interdisciplinary team is engaged on a wide range of international projects, with creative studios based across the globe.
About Hill West Architects
Hill West Architects is an industry-leading, New York City based architecture and design firm dedicated to the creation of the highest quality multi-use buildings. Hill West is a collaboration of over 120 design professionals deeply experienced in the planning and design of high-rise residential and hospitality buildings, retail structures and multi-use complexes. Together the team strives to create buildings that are efficient and beautiful, contextual yet fresh, and timeless yet reflective of the present moment. Hill West has designed many of the most prominent structures in the New York City metropolitan area. For additional information on Hill West, visit www.hillwest.com.
About Whitehall Interiors
Taking a holistic approach to all design, Whitehall Interiors is a Manhattan-based design firm specializing in interiors and custom furnishings. From luxury residential to commercial and hospitality new construction and renovation projects, they create unique experiences designed to inspire. As Hill West Architects’ affiliated interiors firm, Whitehall takes pride in being knowledgeable through all phases of project development, from conceptual design to construction administration, to deliver high quality, exceptional spaces for every project. For additional information on Whitehall, visit www.whitehallinteriorsnyc.com.
About Toll Brothers City Living
Toll Brothers City Living® is the urban development division of Toll Brothers, Inc., the nation’s leading builder of luxury homes. Toll Brothers City Living brings the extraordinary quality, value, and service familiar to luxury home buyers throughout the country to some of the most dynamic urban markets including New York City; Hoboken and Jersey City, New Jersey; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; the Greater Washington, DC metro area; Los Angeles, California; and Seattle, Washington.
Toll Brothers, an award-winning FORTUNE 500 company founded in 1967, is currently operating in 22 states nationwide and is a publicly owned company with its common stock listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: TOL). For five years in a row, Toll Brothers has been ranked the #1 Home Builder Worldwide on the FORTUNE Magazine “World’s Most Admired Companies®” list.* Toll Brothers was also recently honored as national Builder of the Year by BUILDER magazine, and was twice named national Builder of the Year by Professional Builder magazine. To learn more about Toll Brothers City Living and its properties, visit TollBrothersCityLiving.com.