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The Art of Living: 53 West 53

The silhouette it carves into the Manhattan skyline is arresting. Multiple tapered towers—their structure exposed in a rhythmic diagrid that stretches 1,050 feet into the sky—form a living, breathing sculpture by architectural powerhouse Jean Nouvel. This sculptural reference is fitting, given that the residential tower 53 West 53 rises above the Museum of Modern Art, and its residents are automatic MoMA benefactor members, the first such arrangement in New York City. Interiors, by legendary architect Thierry Despont, are technical feats engineered to maximize views over the city and Central Park, minimize external noise, increase thermal comfort, and even clean the air you breathe.

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