New York City Council approves Jean Nouvel's Tower Next to the MoMa
Thursday, 29 October 2009 14:18
The Associated Press reported today that Jean Nouvel'sÂ proposed 82-story tower next to the Museum of Modern Art has cleared its final hurdle.
The New York City Council voted Wednesday to approve the plan for a 1000-foot mixed-use tower on West 53rd Street between Fifth and Sixth avenues.
The museum called the approval "a major milestone" for its plans to add over 40,000 square feet of new gallery space â€” a 30 percent increase.
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).
We previously featured the building on Archinnovations, but here's a small recap. The building includes: over a 40,000-square-foot expansion of MoMAâ€™s galleries (levels two to five); a 100-room, seven-star hotel and 150 high-end residential condominiums on the upper floors.
Nouvelâ€™s design maximizes the site while considering the cityâ€™s zoning envelope. The proposed buildingâ€™s unique silhouette tapers as it rises to a distinctive spire. Its steel and glass faĂ§ade reveals the diagrid structural design.
Gerald D. Hines, chairman of Hines, commented, â€śNouvelâ€™s exciting concept has the potential to become an international architectural design icon.â€ť
The Hines firm has collaborated with Nouvel on both 40 Mercer in New Yorkâ€™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 Franceâ€™s National Grand Prize for Architecture. He was awarded Italyâ€™s Borromini Prize and Japanâ€™s Praemium Imperial Career Prize as well as the Wolf Prize, the Arnold W. Brunner Memorial Prize in architecture, and the International Highrise Award.