New York City Council approves Jean Nouvel's Tower Next to the MoMa Print
Thursday, 29 October 2009 14:18

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The Associated Press reported today that Jean Nouvel's  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 — 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 MoMA’s galleries (levels two to five); a 100-room, seven-star hotel and 150 high-end residential condominiums on the upper floors.

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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 structural design.
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Gerald D. Hines, chairman of Hines, commented, “Nouvel’s exciting concept has the potential to become an international architectural design icon.”

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 Award.


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