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Changing Fortunes

Since 2009, the real estate industry has been dominated by luxury properties in a handful of select markets. “The wealthy seek what is rare and ‘authentic,’” says research guru Yolande Barnes at U.K.-based real estate services firm Savills. However, in 2015, the desire for this level of luxury has become infectious among elite homebuyers, causing impressive condominiums to crop up in locations around the world. Such dynamic market activity has resulted in a myriad of new projects from celebrity starchitects such as Jean Nouvel.

The New Inhabitants of Manhattan

Internationally acclaimed architect and Pritzker winner Jean Nouvel has teamed up with esteemed interior designer Thierry Despont to create a truly one-of-a-kind luxury residential building. When construction is complete, 53W53’s innovative, twisting design will break Manhattan’s architectural mold by playing with elements of light and shadows to create a sparkling stalk that shoots upward into the sky. The detailed, contemporary interiors will feature Despont’s distinct use of LED lighting as well as custom mahogany doors with brass hardware inspired by the building’s unique silhouette.


A Genius In Bed: Where Jean Nouvel Gets All His Best Ideas

Jean Nouvel’s buildings are each so unique in design that it’s difficult for most to comprehend how they can be born from the same mind. “If they can’t figure out who it is, it means it’s me,” Nouvel says.

Where An 82-Story Tower Blends Right In

Plans for a stunning 82-story structure to be constructed next to MoMA on 53rd Street are indicative of Manhattan’s current housing boom and architectural transformation. In the case of 53 West 53rd Street, these blueprints are also a testament to Jean Nouvel’s precision and architectural genius. The incredible new luxury condominium tower will change the face of its Midtown block, where tall buildings like Nouvel’s twisting, artistic creation have been absent until now.

New York Post: The New Poshest Street in New York

Near the renowned “Billionaires’ Row” of 57th Street is the thriving Midtown district on 53rd that has been noted by Corcoran’s Hayim Nommaz as “an architectural force to be reckoned with.” The area is home to six new high-rise developments including Jean Nouvel’s 1,050-foot rising project, 53W53. Each of the luxury residences at 53W53 will come with a Benefactor membership unique and specific to The Museum of Modern Art. Upon completion, the condo tower will present 139 well-appointed homes as well as three floors of gallery space.

The New York Times: Midtown Condo, Brooklyn 'Lab'

To ensure the high quality of craftsmanship going into Jean Nouvel’s Midtown luxury condo at 53 West 53rd Street, interior designer Thierry W. Despont is determining his team's approach for each of the 1,050-foot tower's residences with the help of a full scale mock-up of a two-bedroom home. The model allows the design team to experiment with options for everything from lighting and flooring to shower heads and custom window shades.

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A privileged location
53W53 has the unique distinction of being integrated into The Museum of Modern Art’s urban campus, granting this renowned cultural institution a sculptural presence on the New York skyline.

Sunday Times: Getaways Of The Week

Pritzker Prize winner Jean Nouvel is changing the look of the New York City skyline with his latest skyscraper at 53 West 53rd Street. The building, located next to the famed Museum of Modern Art, will be home to 139 luxury residences when it is completed in 2018.

Elle Decor: Landmark Collection

The Museum of Modern Art is scoring some extra square footage courtesy of Jean Nouvel’s midtown tower at 53 West 53rd Street. The sleek, reflective building will house 139 luxury residences in addition to three dedicated galleries into which the museum will expand.