jean nouvel: tower verre MoMa extension jean nouvel: tower verre MoMa extension
dec 13, 2012

jean nouvel: tower verre MoMa extension

initial rendering of jean nouvel’s ‘tower verre’ which originally was slated to stand at 1,250-feet tallall images courtesy of atelier jean nouvel / adamson associates




jean nouvel‘s residential new york development ‘tower verre’ was first revealed back in 2007, standing at a height comparable to that of the unrivalled empire state building. at the time, along with financing issues, there was much concern that the glass tower would pierce through the skyline, and cast a looming shadow over central park, its midtown placement also resulting in traffic problems. originally conceived to stand at 1,250 feet high, in 2009 the city planning commission requested that the french architect modify the design, reducing its size by 200 feet so that its final height would see it stand at 1,050 feet instead, however still existing as one of manhattan’s tallest structures — three feet higher than the chrysler building.


located at 53W 53rd street, the 78-storey building is set to feature a five-star hotel with 100 rooms, with 480,000-square feet dedicated to residential units, as well as including a three floor, 52,000-square foot expansion for MoMA, along with a restaurant located within the lobby. the exterior is envisioned to be a faceted glass wall which extends upwards into three distinct peaks, varying in height and shape at its apex. due to continuous opposition towards the realization of the ‘tower verre’, the commencement of its construction is still pending. in 2011 the project’s developer hines submitted a new set of plans and new renderings of the multipurpose complex’s interior and ground floor have recently been revealed, which indicate that its realization is still being considered.

original visualization of the towering structure

jean nouvel moma tower verrecontextual image of the ‘tower verre’ among manhattan’s midtown skyline

jean nouvel moma tower verrelobby / communal space 

jean nouvel moma tower verrerestaurant (left) and swimming pool (right)

jean nouvel moma tower verrenew renderings of the project’s interior have been revealed which depict green living walls and indoor water features 

jean nouvel moma tower verrenew rendering of the ground floor / lobby

jean nouvel moma tower verrelobby space

jean nouvel moma tower verremodel render of the ‘tower verre’ in relation to existing surrounding buildings

jean nouvel moma tower verre



project info:


location: new york city, new yorkarchitect: ateliers jean nouvelarchitect of record: adamson associatesclient: hines developmentssize: 750,000 sf / 69,678 smstatus: in progress


via curbed

  • crash! bam! boom!

    dbkii says:
  • Elegant. I preferred the previous design with spire intact, before Amanda Burden objected. The new naked girders at the peak seem gestural rather than integral, almost an act of defiance. No doubt Ms. Burden will weigh in again.

    Mort D'Urban says:
  • The model is as marvelous stand alone sculpture. I will hold judgement until the FUSSIES have had their say.

    Kenneth Smythe says:
  • It seems to me that all the trees in Central Park are guilty of casting shadows.

    Lightmaker says:
  • A spider’s web?
    Fitting tribute to MoMa. Modern Art is basically a financial derivative, nothing to do with art.

    mackenzie collins says:

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