JEAN NOUVEL’S “MOMA TOWER” PROGRESS
New York, USA. Construction photos show that French architect Jean Nouvel’s supertall skyscraper in Manhattan has reached the 58th floor. Rising above New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) at 53 West 53rd Street, the 53W53 residential tower is due to reach 1,050 feet tall once complete. Pritzker Prize-winning architect Nouvel’s design has a tapered shape and a criss-crossing structural frame. 53W53’s sculptural form, progressive yet reminiscent of classic Manhattan skyscrapers, incorporates an innovative exposed structural system. At its base, the building will incorporate three levels of gallery spaces for MoMA, as part of the museum’s expansion. Future residents will receive MoMA membership as part of their amenities package. Communal facilities for residents include a library, a theatre, a children’s playroom, private storage and temperature-controlled wine vaults. On the 46th and 47th floors, a double-height lounge will provide views across the city and a private dining room will overlook Central Park. The skyscraper is one of several residential towers rising or recently completed in Midtown Manhattan that are categorised as supertall – measuring between 980 and 2,000 feet (300 and 600 metres).
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