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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.

‘Reflections’ Documentary Follows the Work and Travels of Jean Nouvel

The New York Film Festival premiere of Matt Tyrnauer’s documentary, Jean Nouvel: Reflections, is showing audiences a new side of its Pritzker Prize-winning subject. The 15-minute film shadows the architect as he visits his seminal works across the globe, from the steel-encased dome at Abu Dhabi’s Louvre to the sharp lines at 53W53, the 1,050-foot-tall luxury residential tower taking shape next to The Museum of Modern Art.

A New Documentary Follows Jean Nouvel as he Traverses the Globe

The newly released short documentary about Jean Nouvel follows the career of the renowned French architect—from his formative years in Paris to his latest project in New York, 53W53. According to Nouvel, the design for the tower was inspired by stark, nearly century-old charcoal drawings of New York and was envisioned as a needle meant to “reveal the beauty of the rectangular buildings around it” by puncturing their squareness.

Starchitects celebrate new Jean Nouvel documentary: PHOTOS

The who’s who of New York’s architecture and development communities descended upon the New York Film Festival to toast the premiere of Jean Nouvel: Reflections. The Matt Tyrnauer-directed documentary celebrates the Pritzker Prize-winning architect’s visionary work across the globe, including the development of 53W53, the highly anticipated luxury tower taking shape above The Museum of Modern Art.

In Pictures: Jean Nouvel film premiere celebration at 53W53

New York’s top property developers, designers, and architects gathered for an intimate cocktail party at Lincoln Ristorante to fête the premiere of Matt Tyrnauer’s documentary, Jean Nouvel: Reflections. The film follows Pritzker Prize-winner Nouvel’s decade-spanning career, including his work on the Louvre in Abu Dhabi and 53W53, The Museum of Modern Art-adjacent high-rise collaboration between Nouvel and developers Hines, Goldman Sachs, and Pontiac Land Group.

Three Homes for Sale with Lavish Bathroom Vanities

Architect Jean Nouvel’s 53W53 has elevated the traditional master bath into a sanctuary-like space. Inside the 145-residence Midtown condominium tower, interior designer Thierry Despont has created a harmonious blend of form and function. The majority of the MoMA-adjacent building’s master baths have been outfitted with adjustable-height floating limestone double vanities and mirrored nickel cabinets.

The Hottest New Residential High-Rises in NYC

In addition to housing new gallery space for the Museum of Modern Art in three of its soaring 82 stories, the Jean Nouvel-designed 53W53 slated for completion in Fall 2018 will also provide its residents with Benefactor-level MoMA memberships. The tower’s luxury homes with interior design by Thierry Despont will feature fine detailing in limestone and marble as well as custom-crafted hardware and cabinetry plus state-of-the-art appliances like Sub-Zero wine refrigerators. On-site amenities will include a private screening room, squash court, golf simulator, and 65-foot pool.

Fancy Swimming Pools as Building Perks

For New Yorkers seeking respite from the summer heat, a refreshing dip often requires a long commute out of the city. Residents of the luxury condominium 53W53 designed by Jean Nouvel, however, will be able to cool off at home in a private 65-foot lap pool and separate cold plunge pool. A whirlpool will also be located within the amenities pavilion, where floor-to-ceiling windows and poolside “vertical gardens” by renowned landscape designer Patrick Blanc will provide a verdant and light-filled backdrop for swimming or lounging.

53W53 Shows Its Exoskeleton At 53 West 53rd Street, Midtown

A new masterpiece of modern architecture is rising next to the Museum of Modern Art in Manhattan. Upon completion, 53W53 will stand 82 stories tall and house 145 condos. Residents will have access to premium amenities including a 24-hour concierge and porter service as well as Benefactor membership to the adjacent, world-famous museum, which will have new galleries in the luxury residential tower.