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 criss-crossed 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 metres) 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.
“Architecture is art, and architecture is born from its situation, from its context,” Nouvel told journalists at the event.
“It’s the context, as an idea, as a concept, that defines the overall architecture,” he added. “That’s why you’ll never find two projects of mine that will be similar.”
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. They will also have access to a double-height lounge and a private dining room on the 46th and 47th floors, a 17,000-square-foot (1,580-square-metre) Wellness Center – including a 65-foot (20-metre) swimming pool – a fitness centre, sauna and steam rooms, a golf simulator and a squash court.
There will also be a library, a theatre, a children’s playroom, private storage and temperature-controlled wine vaults.
53W53 joins a number of residential towers rising or complete in Midtown Manhattan that are categorised as supertall – measuring between 980 and 2,000 feet (300 and 600 metres) – like Rafael Viñoly’s 432 Park Avenue and Christian de Portzamparc’s One57.
Another is Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture’s Central Park Tower, which is slated to complete next year and is expected to become the world’s tallest residential skyscraper.
Nouvel – who placed at number 60 in the 2017 Dezeen Hot List of the world’s most newsworthy forces in design – won the prestigious Pritzker Prize in 2008. His best-known buildings include the Institut du Monde Arabe and Philharmonie de Paris in the French capital, and the Torre Agbar in Barcelona.
Photography is by Giles Ashford.
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