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I'd asked this before, but still can't tell: Is the facade painted concrete or some kind of panels directly attached to the concrete? The textures have always thrown me off as to exactly what we're working with, here. In any case, I'm liking how this turned out, mostly. Not crazy about the fading to yellow/gold at the top - would have much prefered it simply fade to a lighter grey. And, of course, I think it would have looked better talller. But aside from that, it's just about perfect for such a bold design.
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I'd asked this before, but still can't tell: Is the facade painted concrete or some kind of panels directly attached to the concrete?

These older pics should give you a better idea...













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Jean Nouvel’s Contextual Masterpiece 53W53 Nears Completion in Midtown Manhattan


June 11, 2018
by Paul Keskeys


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“It’s an evolution. With such a political project, with so much reaction, you have to adapt the project throughout its life,” says Nouvel, gazing out at the forest of skyscrapers below. At one time, his firm had secured authorization for a tower more than 1,250 feet in height, but this was later lowered by 200 feet. The building was effectively “decapitated” according to Nouvel, who quips that, as a Frenchman, he is all too familiar with such terms. “The building is like a human body,” says the architect. “It has a lot of problems as it grows, so you cannot imagine the future.”

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The altered height requirement forced a fundamental rethink of the skyscraper’s design, particularly with regard to its unique exoskeleton, a metal-clad concrete diagrid that lends the building its distinctive appearance. Nouvel worked with engineers to reshape the tower while preserving the essence of the original design. “The diagrid allows all the structure to be on the periphery, emptying the center of the tower,” explains Nouvel, a move that allowed for greater flexibility in the layouts of the luxurious apartments.

“Originally, the diagrid was to be steel, but during the building’s evolution we needed to change it to concrete, so it’s a little thicker,” explains Nouvel, leaning against a structural element that towers overhead at a jaunty angle. This concrete frame stands in contrast to the more regular steel diagrid of the nearby Hearst Tower—it feels more substantial, less skeletal. Its scale suits the surroundings. It is bold, unapologetically performing its structural job while adding an elegant, branchlike quality to the building exterior.

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A panoramic view of Central Park stretches away to the north, interrupted only by the pencil-thin form of SHoP Architects’ under-construction condominium at 111 West 57th Street. To the south is an open-air exhibition of iconic New York skyscrapers, stretching from Midtown all the way to the harbor.

This extraordinary backdrop provided ample inspiration for the design. Nouvel describes himself as a contextual architect, a label borne out by a number of his other projects around the globe: The Louvre Abu Dhabi, recently completed on the Persian Gulf, is inspired by a traditional Arabic medina, while its extraordinary domed roof is composed of intricate perforations that echo the lattice screens of local architecture. In Manhattan, the surrounding urban landscape is wildly different but no less important to the architect. “This building cannot exist anywhere else,” asserts Nouvel. “It can only exist in the context of New York.”

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The tower was conceived by Nouvel as a landmark not just for the city as a whole, but specifically for MoMA, the beloved cultural institution located “in the belly” of the building. Given the tower’s artistic foundations, it is fitting that the trio of slender volumes that rise above 53rd Street are reminiscent of three brushstrokes—one gold, one silver, and one black—each painted with a single, fluid movement, thinning to a crisp edge against the Manhattan sky. These metallic hues were meticulously chosen by Nouvel’s team to stand out against the homogeneous grays and browns of adjacent towers when viewed from afar, while blending with the surrounding city when seen at close quarters.
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...a metal-clad concrete diagrid...
Wow, written yesterday just in time for my question.

Thanks for finding this. I was super-curious about the materials.
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It looks like a pyramid from those shots, NYguy.
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It is looking good!

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It is looking good!

*But I still resent Amanda Burden to this day.

It's so crazy that reason given for cutting is short is that it "wasn't up to the standards required to share the height of the Chrysler Building" and now looking at it I think it perfectly compliments the Chrysler Building. The shining spire, the way it tapers, all evocative of Chrysler. It's a perfect contemporary NY tower.
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I wonder how Nouvel decided which side should be gold and which to be silver?
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This building is great, but it could have really been something spectacular if the exoskeleton wasn't flush with the glass. There simply isn't enough contrast between the dark bracing and dark glass to really make it "pop".

Oh well. Still nice...
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This building is great, but it could have really been something spectacular if the exoskeleton wasn't flush with the glass. There simply isn't enough contrast between the dark bracing and dark glass to really make it "pop".

Oh well. Still nice...
I find it spectacular. In fact, I think the refined design (under the height chop) gave as a better looking tower, though less visible in the crowd. Hard to find anything under construction better. I think Steinway gives it a run though. The exoskeleton change is minor compared to the overall quality of this design.







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This building looks like it's been part of Gotham, since the heydays of beautiful architecture with well thought-out crowns.
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This building looks like it's been part of Gotham, since the heydays of beautiful architecture with well thought-out crowns.
That's exactly the way Nouvel meant it to be. If a skyscraper could grow from the ground naturally, this is what we would get in New York. Or at least that's the perception we have of what a New York skyscraper should be. The countless boxes may suggest otherwise, but for our taller, signature buildings, this would be about right. There are other towers in the works that have that signature feeling as well (9 DeKalb, Steinway, 45 Broad).


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Though reminiscent of the nearby Hearst Tower and some of Nouvel’s other geometric exteriors, the facade and shape of the building were partly inspired by the drawings of Hugh Ferriss, Nouvel said. Ferriss was an architect and illustrator, well-known for drawings that appeared in the 1929 book “The Metropolis of Tomorrow.” Those images envisioned what the city’s newly minted zoning law would mean for design (some of the drawings have a very “Fortress of Solitude” feel).

Nouvel said the tower is “designed to be exactly here,” rather than parachuted into New York, as he feels other buildings seem to be.
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I gotta agree with UTEPman on this. While I think this is still going to be one of the best skyscrapers in NYC and even the world, I still think the it would have been that much better with having raised the exoskeleton even so slightly. It makes the lines on the windows look less impressive, even though it does reflect the beautiful structure underneath. Either way though, grade A building that I would travel to NY just to see in person.
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