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A modern view
53W53 is the most architecturally significant addition to the New York skyline in recent years. A gracefully tapered, 1,050-foot-high tower rising above The Museum of Modern Art, 53W53 represents a bold artistic and technical achievement by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Jean Nouvel.
A product of Nouvel's inspired reading of its urban context, the building's multiple tapered surfaces create a unique silhouette—both an heir to the classic towers that shaped the New York skyline and a paradigm for the skyscraper of the future. The architecture of 53W53 embraces a decidedly modern point of view. Its innovative exposed structural system, known as the diagrid, gives the facades of Nouvel's tower a distinctly angular rhythm, which, when combined with floor-to-ceiling windows, creates a unique architectural context through which to view Central Park and the Manhattan skyline.
Paris-based Jean Nouvel is one of the most acclaimed and celebrated architects practicing today. His expansive and globally diverse body of work includes museums, concert halls, opera houses, hotels and luxury residences. Among Nouvel's projects are prestigious cultural commissions, including the Louvre Abu Dhabi, Fondation Cartier in Paris and the National Museum of Qatar. Nouvel is known for visionary buildings that, like 53W53, are shaped by his insightful reading of both their physical and cultural contexts.