53W53 heads for the sky in New York

Nick Myall
Thursday 07 Sep 2017

The Jean Nouvel-designed tower, 53W53, that’s taking shape next to the Museum of Modern Art in New York, is rapidly heading for supertall status

New renderings and construction update photography of 53W53, the 1,050-foot-high residential condominium tower rising above The Museum of Modern Art at 53 West 53rd Street in Midtown Manhattan have been released. 53W53 was designed by world-renowned architect Jean Nouvel with interiors by celebrated designer Thierry Despont. 

The newly released rendering shows the full design of the building from the crown to the ground level. It also showcases how the Museum of Modern Art will have three new gallery levels within the base of 53W53 on floors 2, 4 and 5. In addition construction on the building recently reached the 58th floor as new photography of the building illustrates. 

The buildings interiors have been designed by interior architect Thierry Despont, known for his mastery of exceptional private residences and some of the most luxurious hotels in the world. 145 residences range in size from one-to-five bedrooms, including full floor homes and duplex penthouses with private elevators. Construction is underway and recently reached the 58th floor. 

The building is a development by: Hines, Goldman Sachs Group,  Pontiac Land  Group. 53W53 was designed by Paris-based Pritzker Prize-winning architect Jean Nouvel. His iconic architectural design will transform the Manhattan skyline. 53W53’s sculptural form, progressive yet reminiscent of classic Manhattan skyscrapers, incorporates an innovative exposed structural system, which Nouvel refers to as the diagrid. Because of the building’s tapering design and the diagrid, the layout of each condominium residence is unique. 53W53’s interiors were designed by New York-based interior architect Thierry Despont. The 17,000 sq ft full-floor Wellness Center will include: two large vertical gardens, designed by French botanist Patrick Blanc, will frame the 65 foot swimming pool; fitness center, private training area, sauna, steam rooms, golf simulator and squash court, all operated by The Wright Fit; other amenities include a library, theater, children’s playroom, private storage, and temperature controlled wine vaults available for purchase. Floors 46 and 47 feature a double-height lounge with sweeping views and a separate, private formal dining room overlooking Central Park.

Connection to MoMA: The Museum of Modern Art will have three new gallery levels within the base of 53W53 on floors 2, 4 and 5. Purchasers will receive title to a special Benefactor W53 MoMA membership, affording many substantial museum benefits and privileges. Additionally, the building has the potential to host private events in the museum¹s iconic sculpture garden.

Nick Myall

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