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. The condominiums are being marketed by Corcoran Sunshine.
Museum of Modern Art
Most buildings try to hide their skeletons behind masonry or some other opaque element. At 53W53, however, showing the bones off is a design feature. Thanks to some photos taken by our friend Tectonic, we can now see some of the exoskeleton at the Jean Nouvel-designed tower. The overall structure has now risen about four stories above ground.
Amidst the trials of Amanda Burden, the recession and the American Folk Art Museum controversy, 53 West 53rd Street has been a long time coming. Finally, dirt is now moving, and excavation for the Jean Nouvel-designed supertall is…