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?