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A New West Side Story

Jean Nouvel’s new power tower, lovingly nicknamed the “MoMA Tower,” tells a new West Side story. The 1,050-foot skyscraper, which is conveniently positioned above the world-renowned art museum at 53 West 53rd Street, demonstrates an exciting shift in Manhattan’s architectural trends as well as the lifestyles of the homebuyers who aspire to live at such a prestigious address.

Luxury Entry Doors are Real Estate's Newest Obsession

The homes at Jean Nouvel-designed 53 West 53rd Street aren't just artful on the inside —they've got curb appeal, too. Architect Thierry Despont has added a luxurious finishing touch to the building's 139 residences, outfitting every one with a stylish entrance that speaks to the superior design in each of the homes. At the threshold to each residence, sleek black walnut doors are framed in bronze, accented by E.R. Butler & Co. custom bronze doorknobs, while backlit onyx panels providing a welcoming glow.

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
53 West 53 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.