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This Just In: Jean Nouvel to Transform NYC Skyline


Architect Jean Nouvel has been commissioned by an international real estate developer, Hines, to design a tower adjacent to the Museum of Modern Art in Midtown Manhattan, which will house a hotel, luxury apartments and three floors that will be used by MoMA to expand its exhibition space. The MoMA sold the lot to Hines earlier this year for $125 million, but insisted on veto power over the architect Hines would choose. The choice is certainly a bold one, which is a bit hair-raising considering the amount of money at stake.

According to the New York Times, the 75-story tower "promises to be the most exhilarating addition to the skyline in a generation." The soaring, faceted structure is said to be "rooted in the mythology of New York, in particular the work of Hugh Ferriss, whose dark, haunting renderings of an imaginary Manhattan helped define its dreamlike image as the early-20th-century metropolis."

How do you rate the rendering of the to-be-built skyline-transforming tower?

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veronicaraye veronicaraye 8 years
thats scary tall
veronicaraye veronicaraye 8 years
thats scary tall
Claire-Underwear Claire-Underwear 8 years
It looks as though it uses less steel than normal sky scrappers, which is good in terms of green design. Also, the amount of glass used will let in a lot of natural sun light. The curving shape really emphasizes the height of this structure.
htiduj htiduj 8 years
you know, im not so into it. yes the design is beautiful, and it will be great to have more space at the moma (though to be fair, they did just expand). but a building like this is going to take FOREVER to build, and its going to be soooo annoying during the construction process. but i suppose cities have to continue to grow and evolve, and at least its a beautiful building that tax payers wont have to pay for!
htiduj htiduj 8 years
you know, im not so into it. yes the design is beautiful, and it will be great to have more space at the moma (though to be fair, they did just expand). but a building like this is going to take FOREVER to build, and its going to be soooo annoying during the construction process. but i suppose cities have to continue to grow and evolve, and at least its a beautiful building that tax payers wont have to pay for!
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 8 years
Wow....it will change the view of the city skyline!! If it's for MOMA, you know it will stand out and be interesting.
Rachel419 Rachel419 8 years
Beautiful! I can't wait until it goes up, then I'll have an excuse to go the NYC!
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 8 years
I think it is pretty!A pretty building what?!?!?! Yes I like it, gorgeous artitechure!
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 8 years
I think it is pretty! A pretty building what?!?!?! Yes I like it, gorgeous artitechure!
elizabee123 elizabee123 8 years
I think this building is beautiful. As someone that lives in the NY area, I think this is pretty exciting! I love it!
Zahara-Pitt Zahara-Pitt 8 years
thats the guy Shiloh Nouvel was named after
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