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53W53 work in progress

The jungle of skyscrapers that makes Manhattan unique and fascinating never ceases to grow.

Among the buildings currently under construction stands the 53W53 by Jean Nouvel, a residential tower that will reach a height of 320 meters. The sculptural architecture is rising in one of the most iconic locations of the Big Apple, at 53 West 53rd street in Midtown, right next to the MoMA.

Night rendering of the 53W53 skyscraper overlooking Central Park and the Chrysler Building (©Hayes Davidson).

The 53W53 building under construction. (©Giles Ashford).

Since the skyscraper narrows upwards, each of the 145 residences will have a unique interior. There will be apartments for up to five bedrooms, duplex solutions with private elevator and large panoramic penthouses that occupy the entire floor. Tenants will have at their disposal a wellness center with swimming pool, gym, sauna, Turkish bath, squash courts and golf simulator enriched by two vertical gardens designed by botanist Patrick Blanc. Other common areas will include a library, a theater, a kids playroom, private storerooms and air-conditioned wine cellars.

Rendering of a luxury apartment inside 53W53 designed by Thierry Despont. (©Hayes Davidson).

Floors 46 and 47 will be transformed into a double-height lounge overlooking Central Park, ideal for organizing parties and formal dinners. 53W53 will look directly into the MoMA sculpture garden and floors 2, 4 and 5 will host new galleries of the Museum. Currently the building has reached the 58th floor, but the work proceeds quickly and soon there will be a new presence in the New York skyline!

Rendered view of the 53W53 exteriors by VUW Studio.

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