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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.

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.

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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.

10 Billionaire-Style Projects Designed By Pritzker Prize Architects

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.