Jean Nouvel - Design for Hines Project in Manhattan
Tuesday, 28 October 2008 19:00
Hines, the international real estate firm, had selected Jean Nouvel as the designer for this building slated for a key parcel in midtown Manhattan, adjacent to The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA).
Here are some details from the preliminary architectural design.
Nouvel’s bold design will rise 75 stories from the
17,000-square-foot-site between 53rd and 54th streets just west of
Currently, a mix of uses is contemplated for the building
including: a 50,000-square-foot expansion of MoMA’s galleries (levels
two to five); a 100-room, seven-star hotel and 120 highest-end
residential condominiums on the upper floors.
The project will likely
commence pre-sales in late 2008.
Nouvel’s design maximizes the site while considering the city’s zoning
envelope. The proposed building’s unique silhouette tapers as it rises
to a distinctive spire. Its steel and glass façade reveals the diagrid
Gerald D. Hines, chairman of Hines, commented, “Nouvel’s exciting
concept has the potential to become an international architectural
The Hines firm has collaborated with Nouvel on both 40 Mercer in New
York’s SoHo neighborhood and on the C1 Tower currently under
development in Paris.
Jean Nouvel has headed his own architectural practice, Ateliers Jean
Nouvel, since 1970. His honors include the Gold Medal of the French
Academy of Architecture, the Royal Gold Medal of the Royal Institute of
British Architects, the Aga Khan Prize, honorary fellowships from the
American Institute of Architecture, and France’s National Grand Prize
for Architecture. He was awarded Italy’s Borromini Prize and Japan’s
Praemium Imperial Career Prize as well as the Wolf Prize, the Arnold W.
Brunner Memorial Prize in architecture, and the International Highrise
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