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Pritzker Prize winner Jean Nouvel’s soaring, tapered tower at 53W53 is a Manhattan masterpiece. The 1,050-foot edifice, colloquially known as the MoMA Tower, rivals the beauty and artistry of its museum neighbor, thanks to its spider web-like exoskeleton, and the interiors designed by renowned architect Thierry Despont. Amenities include a state-of-the-art fitness center, 65-foot lap pool, wine vaults, private lounge, and lobby library where residents can bask in the warm glow of a roaring fireplace.
“Pritzker Prize winner Jean Nouvel’s soaring, tapered tower at 53W53 is a Manhattan masterpiece”
Modern Art. Some call the glass skyscraper “MoMa Tower,” and architect Jean Nouvel’s visionary design only encourages such an association: thanks to the shape and style of the building’s exposed beams, each of 53W53’s homes is unique. Of course, these residences do share some impressive features, including 9-foot-high walnut entry doors with custom handles carved in the shape of 53W53’s silhouette and an integrated humidification system that keeps the building at 30% relative humidity, which is perfect for protecting valuable pieces of art.
“"When the 1,050-foot building is completed, it will be starchitect Jean Nouvel’s first residential skyscraper." ”
A deconstructivist tower under construction
The new tower rising adjacent to The Museum of Modern Art will be an aesthetic treasure when complete in 2019. The architect behind the project is Jean Nouvel, who was awarded the Pritzker Prize in 2010. For the project, 53W53, Nouvel took inspiration from New York’s arcane zoning laws and the building’s Central Park surroundings to create a deconstructivist statement: 53W53 is a tapering, asymmetrical masterpiece of form and function, a primordial talon that will pierce the New York skyline. The Manhattan condos within 53W53 will have a clean neo-modernist vibe to contrast with the exterior, and residents will have breathtaking views of Central Park, a special MoMA Benefactor membership, and access to exclusive gallery space.
“Surely the owners will enjoy being joined, almost literally, at the hip with the Museum of Modern Art.”
53W53/Jean Nouvel’s MoMA tower reaches new heights in Manhattan
The Jean Nouvel-designed Manhattan condos at 53W53 are rapidly ascending next to The Museum of Modern Art. The luxury tower has grown significantly in the past seven months, with over two dozen stories completed so far. When the building wraps up in 2019, it will top out at 1,050 feet and house 145 luxury homes, ranging in size from one to five bedrooms, with the largest covering more than 7,000 square feet of interior space.
“"Jean Nouvel’s MoMA tower has made significant progress"”
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The team behind 53W53, the new Manhattan condos at MoMA designed by architect Jean Nouvel, recently hosted a screening of a documentary short, Jean Nouvel: Reflections, which is a portrait of the extraordinary man whose futuristic sensibilities have garnered him a Pritzker Prize. The screening was followed by a reception and discussion with the filmmaker about Nouvel’s career. Jean Nouvel fans in Manhattan can choose from 145 residences at 53W53, many of which feature stunning views of Central Park. ᐧ
“The new Manhattan condos at MoMA, designed by architect Jean Nouvel, recently hosted a screening of a documentary short, Jean Nouvel: Reflections”
Sleek Midtown Tower Hides Complex Support
Structural engineers WSP and Parsons Brinckerhoff have created 53W53, an 82-story Midtown Manhattan skyscraper, to withstand even the most adverse weather conditions while maintaining a delicate profile. Designed by Pritzker Prize winner Jean Nouvel, the tapered tower contains nearly forty junctions or “nodes” that link steel support bars throughout the building's walls. This unique protection safeguards the interiors of 53W53, which will house 65,000 square feet of gallery space for The Museum of Modern Art, as well as 145 luxury residences.
“This unique protection safeguards the interiors of 53W53, which will house 65,000 square feet of gallery space ”
Curtain Wall Installation Underway at 82-Story, 145-Residence, 1,050-Foot Supertall 53W53
Though it currently stands at 20 stories, the supertall tower at 53W53 will climb another 62 floors into the Manhattan skyline by 2018. The Jean Nouvel designed condos are still taking shape from poured concrete and massive nodes of steel cable but will soon boast a gorgeous façade outfitted with 5,747 glass panels. Building amenities include a swimming pool, wine vaults, and a wellness center, as well as a lounge that will allow residents to take full advantage of views of Central Park just to the north.
“The supertall tower at 53W53 will climb another 62 floors into the Manhattan skyline by 2018”
A Modern Pyramid Rises Next to MoMA
Constructing a tower that would complement The Museum of Modern Art's striking design without overwhelming it is a task that only a few architects are worthy of. The prolific mastermind Jean Nouvel has created a tapered edifice at 53W53 that is a true feat of physics, architectural expertise, and New York know-how. Developers Hines, Goldman Sachs, and Pontiac Land Group secured hard-to-obtain air rights for the 1,050-foot-tall building, while project engineers from WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff designed an exterior grid connected by 31 reinforced nodes, thereby producing unprecedented structural integrity without sacrificing any of 53W53’s overall visual appeal and unique interior views.
“The prolific mastermind Jean Nouvel has created a tapered edifice at 53W53 that is a true feat of physics, architectural expertise, and New York know-how”
It’s Jean Nouvel’s World, We’re Just Living in It
Jean Nouvel’s dedication to creating and celebrating great art can be seen in architectural achievements found across the globe, from the Louvre Abu Dhabi to 53W53 in Manhattan, an 82-story, residential tower, taking shape next to The Museum of Modern Art, that will house some of the iconic museum’s exhibition space. Now, the French-born architect is being celebrated, too, with the premiere of Matt Tyrnauer’s documentary, Jean Nouvel: Reflections, a retrospective of the Pritzker-Prize laureate’s life and career.
“Now, the French-born architect is being celebrated, too, with the premiere of Matt Tyrnauer’s documentary, Jean Nouvel: Reflections”
‘Reflections’ Documentary Follows the Work and Travels of Jean Nouvel
The New York Film Festival premiere of Matt Tyrnauer’s documentary, Jean Nouvel: Reflections, is showing audiences a new side of its Pritzker Prize-winning subject. The 15-minute film shadows the architect as he visits his seminal works across the globe, from the steel-encased dome at Abu Dhabi’s Louvre to the sharp lines at 53W53, the 1,050-foot-tall luxury residential tower taking shape next to The Museum of Modern Art.
“Jean Nouvel: Reflections, is showing audiences a new side of its Pritzker Prize-winning subject”
A New Documentary Follows Jean Nouvel as he Traverses the Globe
The newly released short documentary about Jean Nouvel follows the career of the renowned French architect—from his formative years in Paris to his latest project in New York, 53W53. According to Nouvel, the design for the tower was inspired by stark, nearly century-old charcoal drawings of New York and was envisioned as a needle meant to “reveal the beauty of the rectangular buildings around it” by puncturing their squareness. The documentary also features interviews with Nouvel about his other major projects, as well as commentary by critics and contemporaries about the Pritzker-Prize laureate’s unique genius.
“The newly released short documentary about Jean Nouvel follows the career of the renowned French architect”
Watch Jean Nouvel Explain the Design Process Behind his Most Recent Projects in New Documentary
Award-winning documentarian Matt Tyrnauer has released a short film that traces the life and projects of world-renowned French architect Jean Nouvel, including 53W53 in Manhattan. The film features interviews with contemporaries and critics as well as Nouvel himself, a tireless worker who sketches at dinner and is quick with a joke. Nouvel speaks poetically of his enterprise, comparing the New York skyline to brushstrokes, and his hopes to “affirm the presence of” 53W53 by dropping it like a needle amid the rectangular high-rises of Midtown Manhattan.
“The film features interviews with contemporaries and critics as well as Nouvel himself”
In Pictures: Jean Nouvel film premiere celebration at 53W53
New York’s top property developers, designers, and architects gathered for an intimate cocktail party at Lincoln Ristorante to fête the premiere of Matt Tyrnauer’s documentary, Jean Nouvel: Reflections. The film follows Pritzker Prize-winner Nouvel’s decade-spanning career, including his work on the Louvre in Abu Dhabi and 53W53, The Museum of Modern Art-adjacent high-rise collaboration between Nouvel and developers Hines, Goldman Sachs, and Pontiac Land Group.
“The film follows Pritzker Prize-winner Nouvel’s decade-spanning career, including his work on the Louvre in Abu Dhabi and 53W53”
Starchitects celebrate new Jean Nouvel documentary: PHOTOS
The who’s who of New York’s architecture and development communities descended upon the New York Film Festival to toast the premiere of Jean Nouvel: Reflections. The Matt Tyrnauer-directed documentary celebrates the Pritzker Prize-winning architect’s visionary work across the globe, including the development of 53W53, the highly anticipated luxury tower taking shape above The Museum of Modern Art.
“The Matt Tyrnauer-directed documentary celebrates the Pritzker Prize-winning architect’s visionary work across the globe”
Meet the Award-Winning Writer Who Just Made a Documentary About Jean Nouvel
The release of documentarian Matt Tyrnauer’s 15-minute documentary, Jean Nouvel: Reflections, is offering the public unprecedented insight into the mind of the Pritzker Prize-winning architect. In the film, Nouvel’s celebrated projects, from the Arab Institute in Paris to 53W53, the residential tower in Manhattan, assume the unlikely role of backdrop to the visionary architect’s life and creative process.
“Jean Nouvel: Reflections, is offering the public unprecedented insight into the mind of the Pritzker Prize-winning architect”
Three Homes for Sale with Lavish Bathroom Vanities
Architect Jean Nouvel’s 53W53 has elevated the traditional master bath into a sanctuary-like space. Inside the 145-residence Midtown condominium tower, interior designer Thierry Despont has created a harmonious blend of form and function. The majority of the MoMA-adjacent building’s master baths have been outfitted with adjustable-height floating limestone double vanities and mirrored nickel cabinets.
“Architect Jean Nouvel’s 53W53 has elevated the traditional master bath into a sanctuary-like space”
Fancy Swimming Pools as Building Perks
For New Yorkers seeking respite from the summer heat, a refreshing dip often requires a long commute out of the city. Residents of the luxury condominium 53W53 designed by Jean Nouvel, however, will be able to cool off at home in a private 65-foot lap pool and separate cold plunge pool. A whirlpool will also be located within the amenities pavilion, where floor-to-ceiling windows and poolside “vertical gardens” by renowned landscape designer Patrick Blanc will provide a verdant and light-filled backdrop for swimming or lounging. The 53W53 amenities pavilion is also set to include a golf simulator and regulation squash court.
“Residents of the luxury condominium 53W53 designed by Jean Nouvel, will be able to cool off at home in a private 65-foot lap pool ”
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In addition to housing new gallery space for the Museum of Modern Art in three of its soaring 82 stories, the Jean Nouvel-designed 53W53 slated for completion in Fall 2018 will also provide its residents with Benefactor-level MoMA memberships. The tower’s luxury homes with interior design by Thierry Despont will feature fine detailing in limestone and marble as well as custom-crafted hardware and cabinetry plus state-of-the-art appliances like Sub-Zero wine refrigerators. On-site amenities will include a private screening room, squash court, golf simulator, and 65-foot pool.
“53W53 slated for completion in Fall 2018 will also provide its residents with Benefactor-level MoMA memberships.”
53W53 Shows Its Exoskeleton At 53 West 53rd Street, Midtown
A new masterpiece of modern architecture is rising next to the Museum of Modern Art in Manhattan. Upon completion, 53W53 will stand 82 stories tall and house 145 condos. Residents will have access to premium amenities including a 24-hour concierge and porter service as well as Benefactor membership to the adjacent, world-famous museum, which will have new galleries in the luxury residential tower.
“A new masterpiece of modern architecture is rising next to the Museum of Modern Art in Manhattan”
The Closed Kitchen Makes a Comeback
The open-concept kitchen is becoming a thing of the past. These days, Manhattan’s most stylish kitchens are distinct entities, offering privacy during the preparation of meals. While open-concept kitchens are still a practical solution for smaller homes, some unique options are available for more spacious residences.
“Manhattan’s most stylish kitchens are distinct entities, offering privacy during the preparation of meals”
Exotic Marble and Opulent Finishes Lure Buyers
Architect and designer Thierry Despont has gone to great strides to ensure that his latest luxury residential project, 53W53, stands out from the competition. “Words cannot describe what we’ve done,” says Thierry of the new Midtown condo’s interiors. Impressive finishes are found throughout each home, from the front door with bronze hardware and onyx sidelight to the master bathroom outfitted with limestone sinks, marble walls, and travertine accents. In the kitchen, Italian cabinets and polished marble countertops contribute to the upscale aesthetic.
“Words cannot describe what we’ve done,” says Thierry ”
82-Story, 139-Unit Residential Supertall Rising at 53 West 53rd Street
Two stories of Jean Nouvel’s much-anticipated 53W53—or “MoMA Tower” as it is commonly called due to its proximity to the renowned museum—are currently visible above street level in Midtown Manhattan. When complete, the luxury tower will stand at 82 stories and house 139 residences. Residents will have access to a suite of world-class amenities including a pool, library, wellness center and lounge as well as lower floors that will serve as MoMA galleries.
“The luxury tower will stand at 82 stories and house 139 residences”
Project News: Residential Tower-Cum-Art Gallery New York City
The luxury development rising at 53W53 Street in New York City will offer an abundance of lavish amenities including one that is highly unique as well as unprecedented. Not only will three levels of the Jean Nouvel structure serve as gallery space for the adjacent Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), but residents of the 139 exclusive apartments in the 82-story skyscraper will also receive complimentary MoMA memberships.
“Watching Jean Nouvel's design come to fruition is proof that this building will be one of the most important Manhattan skyscrapers in a generation”
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Master architect Jean Nouvel’s designs are so unique that they can be difficult to taxonomize. Nouvel’s latest diverse undertakings range from 53W53, a stunning luxury residential tower in New York, to the Louvre Abu Dhabi Museum and the Qatar National Museum.
“Jean Nouvel’s designs are so unique that they can be difficult to taxonomize”
Sales have launched at 53W53, the Jean Nouvel-crafted residential building known colloquially to Manhattanites as the MoMA Tower. Inside the 1,050-foot-tall structure, 139 Thierry Despont-designed luxury residences―including duplexes with their own private elevators―provide panoramic views of nearby Central Park. The views are hardly the only perk residents of 53W53 will enjoy, however; the building boasts a long list of amenities such as a library, theater, children’s playroom, state-of-the-art fitness center, pool, and 24-hour concierge as well as wine storage.
“139 Thierry Despont-designed luxury residences―including duplexes with their own private elevators―provide panoramic views of nearby Central Park”
The soaring skyscraper at 53 West 53rd Street reflects the seamless design relationship between Pritzker Prize-winning architect Jean Nouvel and acclaimed interior architect Thierry Despont. The structure is directly connected to The Museum of Modern Art, which will have three floors of gallery space inside the luxury residential tower. Residents of 53 West 53rd Street will enjoy unparalleled access to MoMA as well luxury amenities ranging from a screening room and wine vault to private dining spaces.
“The building will also serve as an extension of MoMA with three levels of gallery space”
In Midtown Manhattan, residential real estate is reaching new heights. Jean Nouvel-designed 53 West 53rd Street soars to 1,050 feet, providing unrivaled views of landmarks ranging from the Empire State Building to Central Park. While the tapered tower’s zigzagging exterior grid is a clear representation of Nouvel’s unique architectural style, designer Thierry Despont has crafted 139 luxury residences that reflect his own chic sensibility. Each home at 53 West 53rd also features oversized living quarters, Molteni kitchens with Miele appliances, and floor-to-ceiling windows.
“Jean Nouvel-designed 53 West 53rd Street soars to 1,050 feet”
A New West Side Story
Jean Nouvel’s new power tower, lovingly nicknamed the “MoMA Tower,” tells a new West Side story. The 1,050-foot skyscraper, which is conveniently positioned above the world-renowned art museum at 53 West 53rd Street, demonstrates an exciting shift in Manhattan’s architectural trends as well as the lifestyles of the homebuyers who aspire to live at such a prestigious address. The luxurious condos welcome residents of refined tastes including those who dine at upscale midtown hotspots like Masa, Telepan, and Dovetail and sport the latest styles from fashion designers like Rick Owens, Vivienne Westwood, and Yigal Azrouël.
“Jean Nouvel’s new power tower, lovingly nicknamed the “MoMA Tower,” tells a new West Side story”
Luxury Entry Doors are Real Estate's Newest Obsession
The homes at Jean Nouvel-designed 53 West 53rd Street aren't just artful on the inside —they've got curb appeal, too. Architect Thierry Despont has added a luxurious finishing touch to the building's 139 residences, outfitting every one with a stylish entrance that speaks to the superior design in each of the homes. At the threshold to each residence, sleek black walnut doors are framed in bronze, accented by E.R. Butler & Co. custom bronze doorknobs, while backlit onyx panels providing a welcoming glow.
“The homes at Jean Nouvel-designed 53 West 53rd Street aren't just artful on the inside —they've got curb appeal, too.”
New York Post: The New Poshest Street in New York
Near the renowned “Billionaires’ Row” of 57th Street is the thriving Midtown district on 53rd that has been noted by Corcoran’s Hayim Nommaz as “an architectural force to be reckoned with.” The area is home to six new high-rise developments including Jean Nouvel’s 1,050-foot rising project, 53W53. Each of the luxury residences at 53W53 will come with a Benefactor membership unique and specific to The Museum of Modern Art. Upon completion, the condo tower will present 139 well-appointed homes as well as three floors of gallery space.
“ The area is home to six new high-rise developments including Jean Nouvel’s 1,050-foot rising project, 53W53.”
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Pritzker Prize winner Jean Nouvel is changing the look of the New York City skyline with his latest skyscraper at 53 West 53rd Street. The building, located next to the famed Museum of Modern Art, will be home to 139 luxury residences when it is completed in 2018.
“Pritzker Prize winner Jean Nouvel is changing the look of the New York City skyline.”
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The Museum of Modern Art is scoring some extra square footage courtesy of Jean Nouvel’s midtown tower at 53 West 53rd Street. The sleek, reflective building will house 139 luxury residences in addition to three dedicated galleries into which the museum will expand.
“The Museum of Modern Art is scoring some extra square footage.”
The New Inhabitants of Manhattan
Internationally acclaimed architect and Pritzker winner Jean Nouvel has teamed up with esteemed interior designer Thierry Despont to create a truly one-of-a-kind luxury residential building. When construction is complete, 53W53’s innovative, twisting design will break Manhattan’s architectural mold by playing with elements of light and shadows to create a sparkling stalk that shoots upward into the sky. The detailed, contemporary interiors will feature Despont’s distinct use of LED lighting as well as custom mahogany doors with brass hardware inspired by the building’s unique silhouette. “Much of the inspiration came from the collaboration with Jean Nouvel to ensure that the design of each residence was in line with the structure he conceived,” Despont says. This is demonstrated further in the 24-hour attended lobby, which Thierry has accented with materials like oak, marble, alabaster, and bronze, all of which speak to Nouvel’s signature bold aesthetic.
“53W53’s innovative, twisting design will break Manhattan’s architectural mold by playing with elements of light and shadows ”
A Genius In Bed: Where Jean Nouvel Gets All His Best Ideas
Jean Nouvel’s buildings are each so unique in design that it’s difficult for most to comprehend how they can be born from the same mind. “If they can’t figure out who it is, it means it’s me,” Nouvel says. The French architectural visionary is responsible for globally renowned projects such as the Philharmonie de Paris, the National Museum of Qatar, and the Louvre Abu Dhabi. Nouvel’s newest endeavor, located at 53 West 53rd Street and nicknamed the “MoMA Tower,” is currently taking shape in Midtown Manhattan. The shimmering, aluminum-paneled 53W53 will stand at a stunning 1,050 feet and will be one of the city’s tallest luxury residential condominiums. “Architecture is the art of utilizing constraints,” Nouvel says. “If you can do whatever you want, then it’s not architecture anymore.”
“Architecture is the art of utilizing constraints...”
Bloomberg: Inside New York’s Newest Architectural Masterpiece
Architect Jean Nouvel’s MoMA-adjacent Midtown tower, 53 West 53rd Street, is welcoming future residents nearly a decade after the ambitious project was initially conceived. The building will be replete with amenities unavailable to any other Manhattanites; in addition to living with some of the world’s greatest art, which will occupy the building’s first three floors courtesy of The Museum of Modern Art, residents can enjoy access to a private dining room, wine vaults, and an in-house screening room.
“The building will be replete with amenities unavailable to any other Manhattanites.”
Wallpaper: High Flyer: A Vision Of Jean Nouvel’s Addition To New York’s Soaring Skyline
French architect Jean Nouvel has crafted an archetype for future skyscrapers with his innovative 1,050-foot tower at 53 West 53rd Street. Thanks to the purchase of air rights from The Museum of Modern Art, the residences within the unique structure will provide views of Central Park and the Manhattan skyline. The tower’s three lower levels will connect to the museum, a perk exclusive to the development. The 139 luxury residences are encased in an exposed structural system of tapered surfaces, sloping windows, muscular columns, and steel that creates a silhouette unmatched by any other New York edifice.
“Jean Nouvel has crafted an archetype for future skyscrapers.”
The New York Times: Midtown Condo, Brooklyn 'Lab'
To ensure the high quality of craftsmanship going into Jean Nouvel’s Midtown luxury condo at 53 West 53rd Street, interior designer Thierry W. Despont is determining his team's approach for each of the 1,050-foot tower's residences with the help of a full scale mock-up of a two-bedroom home. The model allows the design team to experiment with options for everything from lighting and flooring to shower heads and custom window shades.
“Thierry W. Despont is determining his team's approach for each of the 1,050-foot tower's residences with the help of a full scale mock-up of a two-bedroom home. ”
Since 2009, the real estate industry has been dominated by luxury properties in a handful of select markets. “The wealthy seek what is rare and ‘authentic,’” says research guru Yolande Barnes at U.K.-based real estate services firm Savills. However, in 2015, the desire for this level of luxury has become infectious among elite homebuyers, causing impressive condominiums to crop up in locations around the world. Such dynamic market activity has resulted in a myriad of new projects from celebrity starchitects such as Jean Nouvel. When complete, Nouvel’s midtown-Manhattan luxury residential tower, 53 West 53rd Street, will stand nearly 300 meters tall and feature 139 condominium residences.
“Nouvel’s midtown-Manhattan luxury residential tower, 53 West 53rd Street, will stand nearly 300 meters tall and feature 139 condominium residences”
NY Times: Next To MoMA, A Tower Will Reach For The Stars
Situated alongside The Museum of Modern Art, architect Jean Nouvel’s Midtown tower at 53 West 53rd Street is quickly becoming one of New York’s most iconic buildings. Known by locals as “The MoMA Tower,” the sleek skyscraper’s glass and steel exterior adds stylish contrast to the city’s skyline, while its three lowest floors maintain the neighborhood’s current focal point by serving as additional MoMA gallery space.
“Jean Nouvel’s Midtown tower at 53 West 53rd Street is quickly becoming one of New York’s most iconic buildings.”
Where An 82-Story Tower Blends Right In
Plans for a stunning 82-story structure to be constructed next to MoMA on 53rd Street are indicative of Manhattan’s current housing boom and architectural transformation. In the case of 53 West 53rd Street, these blueprints are also a testament to Jean Nouvel’s precision and architectural genius. The incredible new luxury condominium tower will change the face of its Midtown block, where tall buildings like Nouvel’s twisting, artistic creation have been absent until now. “Nouvel’s tower, by contrast, narrows, slopes, and twists, reaching for one particular point in the sky,” says New York Magazine writer, Justin Davidson. “Jean Nouvel’s beast is exactly what 53rd Street needs.”
“Nouvel’s tower, by contrast, narrows, slopes, and twists, reaching for one particular point in the sky...”