It's not officially dead, of course, but the crazy stacked-glass-box tower created by architects Herzog & de Meuron for a little corner of Tribeca known as 56 Leonard won't be rising here anytime soon. Good news, then, that it will rise instead in Bangkok, Thailand.
The Bangkok tower, dubbed MahaNakhon, actually the work of German architect Ole Scheeren of OMA, is set to rise 77 stories; per the PR, "it will be the tallest building in Thailand’s capital, home to a lush urban oasis with public gardens and a major transportation hub, luxury retail, residences, a new public square, and a five-star hotel created by New York’s Ian Schrager."
Ripping off something that doesn't exist and putting it on the other side of the world? Genius, Ole! Okay, that's a bit unfair. A bit. Probably we're just jealous. Definitely we're just jealous.
· All 56 Leonard Coverage [Curbed]