Pritzker Prize-winning architect ’s tower soars 1,050 feet into the sky above Midtown Manhattan, and its diagrid design culminates at a sharp point. Interior designer André Fu, of Hong Kong-based studio , played off this exterior when creating this peaceful 36th-floor model residence. “I have paid particular attention to Nouvel’s architecture by celebrating the unique diagrid detail into the way we articulate the flow of the apartment,” Fu says. “I believe my work revolves around an aesthetic that embraces cultural nuances, and it is quintessentially an aesthetic that is relaxed and calm.”
The two-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bath residence encompasses 2,039 square feet and features southern and eastern exposures. Fu worked with French gallerist Emmanuel Perrotin to choose artworks, and upon entering, visitors see a gorgeous minimalist canvas by Korean artist Park Seo-Bo. Fu also included pieces from his André Fu Living furniture collection, as well as custom furniture unique to this apartment. “The curation of pieces from the collection responds to the layout of the apartment,” he says. “The custom pieces are a preview of what our brand shall introduce in the future.”
The interiors feature stained gray oak and anodized bronze, with subtle accents of burgundy and mineral blue. A kitchen designed by Thierry Despont has a statuary marble island and countertops, along with Sub-Zero refrigerators and Miele ovens. And 53 West 53 boasts some amazing amenities, too: There’s a 65-foot-long lap pool, cold-plunge pool, and hot tub with an expansive “living wall” by French botanist Patrick Blanc, a chic wine room, and a double-height residents’ lounge on the 46th and 47th floors.
Residence priced at $6,475,000.
Jean Nouvel’s 53 West 53 condominium tower is 1,050 feet high and adjacent to the Museum of Modern Art. It has stunning views of Central Park and the Hudson River.
Just off the kitchen is a sleek midcentury-modern table and chairs, with a handmade screen partition designed by Fu and a sculptural glass pendant.
The corner living room features a lacquered curved screen depicting an abstract city skyline. The ivory sofa and Interlock cocktail tables are from .
Designed by Thierry Despont, the kitchen countertops, island, and backsplash are in statuary marble. The back-painted white-glass cabinetry with polished nickel hardware is by , and appliances include refrigerators and ovens.
The building has a fitness center by the Wright Fit, with a 65-foot-long lap pool, a cold-plunge pool, and a hot tub, as well as a regulation squash court.
This double-height Oenology Suite accommodates wine tastings for eight and has temperature-controlled wine storage vaults available for purchase.
The 53 West 53 tower is integrated into MoMA’s campus, and it will contain three new gallery levels in the base of the building, each accessible from the museum’s existing exhibition spaces. Residents
also receive deeded memberships at MoMA.