Architecture review: Deconstructivist tower under construction

Critic James Gardner on starchitect Jean Nouvel’s quickly rising skyscraper, 53W53

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From the March issue: In 2007, one year before Jean Nouvel won the coveted Pritzker Prize, his firm was awarded a commission to develop a large plot of land 100 feet west of the Yoshio Taniguchi-designed expansion of the Museum of Modern Art on West 53rd Street. Only recently, however, has that plot begun its physical transformation into 53W53, which is rising at a rate of one or two stories a week and, as of last month, was up to 29 floors. Already its dark, sloping facades are imposing themselves on 53rd and 54th streets. The lucky  1 percenters who’ve purchased apartments should be able to move in — or at least move their stuff in — in early 2019.