Jean Nouvel’s breathtaking tower at 53 West 53rd Street, part of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), is becoming a reality after many years of planning– and the first glimpses of the interior have officially been released.
As reported by Curbed New York, the building, which will have 140 apartments selling between $3.8 million and $63 million, hosts an unusual diagonal structure system, known as a ‘diagrid’.
This system gifts the tower with its signature zigzagging pattern on the facade, however, has caused a number of internal design issues.
Interior designer Thierry W. Despont commissioned developer Hines to build a full-scale model apartment in a warehouse in Sunset Park, costing between $600,000 and $1.3 million.
The excavation for the 320-metre tower is currently underway and the
floor plans were recently revealed.
These apartments, ranging from one bedroom to five, will have bronze-framed entrances with walnut doors and intricate handles modelled off the tower.
Key features of the apartments include the impressive windows, measuring in at 3.35 metres high and 1.8 metres wide.
A unique ventilation system was designed to generate airflow, due to the inoperable windows.
The tower will host residential apartments, along with a number of MoMA’s galleries and staff quarters.