Gallery: Plans for Jean Nouvel’s Massive MoMA ‘Torre Verre’ Have Been R...

French Architect Jean Nouvel’s plan to adorn the Museum of Modern Art on 53rd street with his Torre Verre, often called the ‘Death Spire,’ was thought to have been put to death in 2009, when City Planning Commission chair Amanda Burden put a strong hold on it, calling it an eyesore addition to our city’s skyline. But the design, albeit 200 feet shorter, has now been reawakened by development company Hines. Taking the tower from 1,250 feet to 1,050, Hines has re-filed the plans, which are now said to be in accordance with the Commission’s plans — and, wait for it — do not require public approval.

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  1. RitaSue Siegel August 8, 2011 at 9:02 am
    I am the vice president of the Coalition for Responsible Midtown Development. The name of the building is Tower Verre. Ms Burden opening the CP hearing saying how much she loved the project. True, the developer and Nouvel said they couldn't make money on it if they had to take 200 ft off the top, but how quickly they forget...if they have new financing in place. We are sure Nouvel's green intentions will prevail regardless of the size because it is a matter of pride, and he has lots of that. MoMA is leasing 3 stories in the building for gallery space. Our primary objection is that it will be the tallest building in NY located on a small side street. It will block the light from pedestrians and overwhelm the low rise area. It belongs on an avenue. CP will regret this approval as it sets a precedent that will unleash towers where zoning has prevented them from rising on side streets until now.