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New Renderings of Jean Nouvel’s Controversial Torre Verre MoMA Tower Reveal a Faceted Facade

Posted By Lori Zimmer On December 11, 2012 @ 11:26 am In Architecture,Manhattan | No Comments



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The new renders focus on the exterior of the proposed tower [8], and feature a criss-crossed latticed façade. The asymmetrical facets form three separate pathways that join together at the tower’s criticized soaring top in three crystalline peaks.

The 78-story tower is 200 feet shorter than originally proposed. Both Midtown residents and Amanda Burden of the City Planning Commission battled the first plan, pointing out that at 1,250 feet it would  be an eyesore as part of the Midtown skyline [9]. The plan was then hacked down by seven stories, and the original design’s “crown” was scaled down.

The final renderings of the building’s peak have not yet been released on the architect’s or developer’s websites, but these newly released renders from Adamson Associates show that despite local opposition, the project is making progress, and will likely begin construction once funding is completed.

Whether opposed or not, the tower will add new space to the Museum of Modern Art [10], giving the city a chance to see even more of the museum’s collection and special exhibitions.

+ Jean Nouvel [5]

Via Curbed [11]


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[5] Jean Nouvel: http://www.jeannouvel.com/

[6] impending MoMATorre Verre/Death Spire: http://inhabitat.com/nyc/plans-for-jean-nouvels-massive-moma-death-spire-have-been-revived/

[7] shorter-than-before, mixed-used building: http://inhabitat.com/nyc/drawings-for-jean-nouvels-shorter-moma-torre-verre-have-been-revealed/

[8] proposed tower: http://inhabitat.com/genslers-super-sustainable-tower-at-pnc-plaza-breaks-ground-in-pittsburgh/

[9] Midtown skyline: http://inhabitat.com/nyc/crystal-green-leed-designed-luxury-apartments-are-now-available-in-midtown-manhattan/

[10] Museum of Modern Art: http://inhabitat.com/moma-exhibit-offers-real-solutions-to-nyc-rising-tides/

[11] Curbed: http://ny.curbed.com/archives/2012/12/10/new_renderings_revealed_for_jean_nouvels_moma_tower.php

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