Monday, March 15, 2010

Oh Yes: Herzog & de Meuron Edition/Model On eBay

The collapse of New York City's luxury starchitect condo market has a Lucite lining:
"This box contains a numbered, limited edition interactive model of Herzog & de Meuron’s 56 Leonard Street, designed to be taken apart and reassembled as a means of exploring the tower’s radically innovative design. The building will contain 145 residences, each with its own unique floor plan and private outdoor space, in a veritable cascade of houses stacked in the sky, blending indoors and outdoors seamlessly together."
The 20-inch model is numbered, 37/300. It includes a scale model of the Anish Kapoor sculpture that would have graced the building's entrance. The whole thing, including a pair of white gloves, mint-in-mint-box, is on eBay right now. $605 with a day and a half to go. Assuming the base is around 4" square, that comes out to around $5400/sf, just above the pre-construction price of never-gonna-be-built original.

56 Leonard St. Building Model (Herzog & de Meuron), auction ends Mar. 17 [ebay via]