Since renderings were revealed nearly ten years ago, architecture fanatics have been eagerly awaiting construction of 53W53, a 77-storey supertall tower located at 53 West 53rd Street in New York City. The luxury development by Hines entered sales last year, and construction on the site has finally been spotted by passersby.
Formerly known as Tower Verre, 53W53 was designed by famous French architect Jean Nouvel. New York City's Planning Commission rejected the first 381-metre proposal and subsequently approved a shorter 320-metre, or 1,050-foot, tower. Though the loss of height was mourned by the architecture community, the integrity of the design has remained intact.
Containing 139 luxury residences within a tapering skeletal skyscraper, 53W53 will be a substantial addition to the Manhattan skyline. New gallery space for the adjacent Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) will be included on the second, fourth, and fifth floors of the new tower. Residents of the $3 to $70 million units will also enjoy special MoMA privileges, including unlimited admission to the world renowned institution.
Amenities include a wellness centre on the 12th floor, which will contain a swimming pool, gym, golf simulator, and squash court. A private screening room, wine cellar, and library are being offered as well.
Forum contributor towerpower123 stopped by the site recently and captured photos showing foundation work progressing on the tower. The photos show the first sign of steel in the form of a massive column rising from the middle of the property.
Construction is expected to wrap up in 2018, when residents begin occupying their opulent suites. Until then, there's plenty to look forward to, as this landmark tower's ascent will be interesting to watch unfold.
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