just steps from new york’s elegant fifth avenue, construction work has finally begun on jean nouvel’s much-anticipated 53W53 skyscraper.
soaring above the museum of modern art (MoMA), the primarily residential tower will climb to a total height of 1,050 feet (320 meters), comparable in terms of scale to the art-deco influenced chrysler building.
the building boasts a striking façade, with multiple tapered surfaces creating a distinctive silhouette as part of the rapidly changing new york skyline. the exposed structural system, referred to as the ‘diagrid’, offers the tower an angular rhythm that remains evident within each of the scheme’s 139 private apartments.
interior spaces have been designed by architect thierry despont, who has previously completed a number of similarly high profile schemes. each of the tower’s residences, which range from one-bedroom homes to duplex penthouses, incorporates integrated lighting designs and fully bespoke kitchens and bathrooms, as well as furniture-grade mahogany doors with custom designed bronze hardware. individual units are available starting at $3 million USD.
residents of 53W53 will receive title to a unique benefactor W53 membership at MoMA, as well as a host of other luxury amenities. 24 hour doormen and concierge services are provided, alongside the opportunity for formal dining in a lounge overlooking central park. a wellness center includes saunas and steam rooms, while a vertical garden designed by patrick blanc overlooks a 65-foot lap pool. other amenities include: a children’s playroom, a wine tasting area, a golf simulator, a lobby library with fireplace, and a pet walking service.
a targeted completion date for 53W53 has been set for 2018. http://www.53w53.com/