YIMBY recently went on a hard hat tour of the upper floors of Jean Nouvel’s 53 West 53rd Street residential skyscraper. The uniquely tapered diagrid structure is topped out at 1,050 feet with the façade almost entirely installed. The supertall is being developed by Hines, while SLCE Architects and Adamson Associates are the architects of record. Corcoran Sunshine is handling the marketing and sales of the units.
The photo above illustrates the contrast created by the reinforced concrete diagrid and the curtain wall panels that directly overlay the support columns. Several panels have yet to be installed on the top floors of the southern elevation where one of the construction cranes used to sit. The mechanical hoist on the northern side of the slender skyscraper is still attached, but should be dismantled in the coming months.
Future residents of 53 West 53rd Street will receive benefactor memberships to the Museum of Modern Art, as well as curated benefits and privileges to host private events in the museum’s sculpture garden.
Work on 53 West 53rd Street is expected to be completed by the end of the year. In addition to construction of the tower, the MoMA will be temporarily closed from June 15, 2019 to October 21, 2019 while the Diller Scofidio + Renfro-designed expansion is executed.