Jean Nouvel's 53W53 skyscraper takes shape in New York
July 23, 2018 - Manhattan
Newly released construction photographs show the progress of French architect Jean Nouvel's first New York skyscraper: a supertall tower rising above the city's Museum of Modern Art.
The images by photographer Giles Ashford capture the 53W53 tower as construction reaches the final 82nd floor and the building's curtain wall takes shape – significant progress since it was captured last year.
Comprising a crisscrossed concrete structure that Nouvel describes as a diagrid, the facades will form a tapered shape over the residential building's crown when complete, reaching 1,050 feet (320 meters) tall at its peak.
During a topping-out ceremony, which took place on the 68th floor on 7 June 2018, Nouvel described how the project's narrowing top and exposed structure will give each home inside a different layout.
The chunky concrete will also frame views of the surroundings, including Central Park and Philip Johnson's AT&T building.
The Pritzker Prize-winning French architect's tower at 53 West 53rd Street sits beside the existing MoMA building, and will incorporate three levels of gallery spaces at its base, as part of a major overhaul and expansion of the museum by New York firm Diller Scofidio + Renfro.
The tower will house 145 high-end residences above, ranging from one- to five-bedroom condominiums, and including full-floor apartments and duplex penthouses. Interiors are designed by New York-based Thierry Despont.
Future residents will receive MoMA membership as part of the amenity package.
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