Progress at 53W53, a 77-storey supertall tower going up at 53 West 53rd Street in New York City, has been moving along nicely since our last update, with recent photos from our Forum highlighting the construction now underway at the base of the structure. 

53W53 on the rise, image by Forum contributor towerpower123

Developed by Hines, and designed via a collaboration of Jean Nouvel Design and SLCE Architects, the tower is directly adjacent to the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and will feature additional gallery space on the second, fourth, and fifth floors, with residents given special MoMA privileges as part of the perks associated with this development. 

53W53, neon sign by day, image by Forum contributor towerpower123

Seen in the photos above and below, the tower is sporting a spiffy neon sign above its future entrance, effectively imprinting its pending arrival upon the collective consciousness of all who walk by. The effect is significantly more dramatic at night, as the images demonstrate. 

53W53, neon sign by night, image by Forum contributor towerpower123

Little more than a construction pit at the time of our last visit to the site, 53W53 has now risen at least four storeys above grade, with angular rebar indicating the future shape of the building. The podium level's distinct cement superstructure, now clearly visible will extend upwards along the entire height of the 1050-foot tower. 

53W53, exposed cement superstructure, image by Forum contributor towerpower123

Once complete, the tower will be among the tallest in Manhattan, reaching high above its neighbours. The structure's avant garde look will complement the adjacent MoMA, which is no stranger to challenging expressions of art, architecture, and design. 

53W53, rendering via Hines

SkyriseCities will be sure to return to this project as progress continues. For more information, check out the associated Database file and Forum thread, and as always, feel free to join the conversation in the comments section below. 

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