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Old May 6th, 2015, 10:03 PM   #2501
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I agree...it would have really stood out more had they not caved in to pressures to lop it down from 1,250 to 1,050 ft... but Verre is unique. No sin not to like the design, but I think that will remain a very rare opinion especially among those who are really into skyscrapers. It's not just a building but a work of modern art, which is fitting since it wil be hosting several floors of the Museum of Modern Art.
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Old May 6th, 2015, 10:31 PM   #2502
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this one will be a stunner for years to come and become the image MOMA is associated with like the Transamerica Pyramid.
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Old May 7th, 2015, 12:14 AM   #2503
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Fact is, I normally prefer simple rectangular buildings but even I consider Verre to be an exceptionaly beautiful masterpiece. It's sheer artistic brilliancy overcomes even the boundaries of different stlye preference ........ at least to me
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Old May 7th, 2015, 03:26 PM   #2504
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From the rendering, it's a very beautiful and sexy looking building. I can hardly wait to see the whole completed building once it built.
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Old May 8th, 2015, 07:58 PM   #2505
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And those good renders may have something to do with it too. Shoddy renders elicit criticism that eventually leads to a chorus of "this turned out better than expected".

In this case the renders are actually quite good. Rarely do buildings turn out worse than rendered so I expect this thing to continue getting accolades.
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Old May 10th, 2015, 06:48 PM   #2506
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Old May 10th, 2015, 10:27 PM   #2507
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the rebar in those piles is really thick.
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Old May 10th, 2015, 10:31 PM   #2508
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Old May 13th, 2015, 12:33 AM   #2509
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High flyer: A vision of Jean Nouvel's addition to New York's soaring skyline




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Old May 13th, 2015, 12:58 AM   #2510
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Don't know if this was ever shared....

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Old May 15th, 2015, 07:12 PM   #2511
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Inside New York’s Newest Architectural Masterpiece for the Mega-Rich
$70 million might net you the duplex penthouse of 53W53, Jean Nouvel’s MoMA Tower


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The newest condominium tower in midtown Manhattan's billionaires district is ready to open its doors to buyers. It took almost a decade to get there.
The skyscraper at 53 W. 53rd St., designed by French architect Jean Nouvel and rising next to the Museum of Modern Art, will start marketing its 139 apartments next week, with prices starting at $3 million. Planned since 2006, the project endured the real estate bust and a global financial crisis that decimated demand for luxury homes. Now it's emerging when buyers can't seem to get enough of them.

"We're very eager to begin,'' said David Penick, the New York-based managing director for developer Hines, which is building the project with Goldman Sachs Group and Singapore-based Pontiac Land Group. "We're confident in what we have to sell in the market we're in, and we'll see how it goes.''

The project's latest challenge: competing for buyers with about a half-dozen other luxury condo towers that are under construction nearby. The developments—including Vornado Realty Trust's 220 Central Park South and Aby Rosen's 100 E. 53rd St.—are transforming Midtown neighborhoods known for hotels and corporate offices into communities of wealthy people from around the world who are hungry for large living spaces and panoramic views.

It would certainly be better if there weren't so many new buildings coming on the market right now,'' Penick says at the Fifth Avenue sales gallery for the project, known as 53W53. "But I think we have a uniquely attractive package to offer."



A scale model shows 53W53's location near Midtown's "Billionaires Row."

Diagonal Beams

The 1,050-foot (320-meter) tower, the size of the Chrysler Building, will rise near the corner of Sixth Avenue between 53rd and 54th streets, on land once owned by the adjacent museum. MoMA will expand its galleries in the bottom three floors of the residential building, whose signature architectural flourish is a web of diagonal concrete beams that gird the structure from the outside before tapering into a pinnacle more than 82 stories into the sky.

"It is the flag—not only of the building—but the flag of the MoMA on the skyline,'' says Nouvel, who also designed a Ferrari factory in Italy, an art museum in Abu Dhabi, and a 23-story condo building near Manhattan's Chelsea waterfront.

Unobstructed views of Central Park, five blocks away, start on the 48th story, which is where the building's larger half-floor units also begin, according to Penick and preliminary plans filed with the New York state attorney general's office. The most expensive apartment, a 6,643-square-foot (617-square-meter) duplex spanning the 81st and 82nd floors, will be priced at more than $70 million, Penick says.




Inside a model bedroom at the 53W53 sales gallery.

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Smaller one- and two-bedroom units on the lower floors will have views of the Midtown skyline. The least-expensive condo is a one-bedroom of about 1,450 sq. ft. on the 17th floor; it will be listed for sale at $3 million, according to Penick.

"It's not immediately on the park, so the apartments in the lower part of the building, we think, would sell better if they were not so large,'' says Penick. "Very intentionally, we sought to have a range in unit sizes."




Every apartment is shaped a little differently because the building's exterior support beams cross the floor-to-ceiling windows at various angles, Nouvel said. It made for an interesting design challenge.

"We tried to do a kind of dialogue with the views and with the buildings around,'' he says. "You frame it with different shapes in the city and the neighboring buildings."



53W53 tapers into a pinnacle more than 82 stories into the sky.
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I just noticed the two parts on each side gradually become silver and gold near the top
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Old May 15th, 2015, 07:31 PM   #2513
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Old May 15th, 2015, 07:40 PM   #2514
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Old May 15th, 2015, 07:41 PM   #2515
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Old May 15th, 2015, 08:16 PM   #2516
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I think it shows Hines' confidence in the superiority of their design (and arguably location) that they're doing unlike most other developers and including all the other, taller Billionaires Row towers in that model.
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Old May 15th, 2015, 08:16 PM   #2517
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New York is going bonkers!!

Here's more pic of the model that Munchymunch posted above. The glassy model is being displayed in the Atrium of the MOMA.







Love how they included the Nordstrom and the Steinway in models display below.

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Old May 15th, 2015, 08:34 PM   #2518
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A pure masterpiece!
Guess I know where I'm going this weekend

I wonder if those blue lights on the building are an indication of the lighting scheme they'll use. If yes I wanna see those "veins" in red.

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Old May 15th, 2015, 09:14 PM   #2519
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I wonder if those blue lights on the building are an indication of the lighting scheme they'll use. Use yes I wanna see those "veins" in red.
I was thinking the same thing. If the "veins" are lit up at night, this tower will be OUT OF CONTROL!!!!
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Old May 15th, 2015, 09:21 PM   #2520
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As with the other residential towers, I think it's unlikely that we'll see the exoskeleton lit up. Which I'm okay with because, while I think it's cool in theory, if the Bank of China tower in HK is any indication, it can look a little cheesy in practice.

Almost undoubtedly they'll do something with the crown which, with its three pinnacles, should be spectacular in its own right. And here's the thing -- the tower will be lit from the inside (and since there's no core, residential lights will fill whole floors) which will create a changing outline of the exoskeleton that's more elegant and natural than any LEDs could.
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