It was only back in October that YIMBY reported on 53 West 53rd Street’s surpassing its 50th floor. Now, the supertall residential tower designed by Jean Nouvel is just about to top-out, with an estimate that formwork should be complete by early March, as the last concrete is poured above the 1,000-foot mark for the iconic skyscraper.
The latest photo from Tectonic was shot from the Top of The Rock observatory deck, and shows that the framework for 53W53rd has reached the parapet height of One57 a few blocks to the northwest, at 1,005 feet above street level. There is about fifty feet of concrete remaining before the tip of Torre Verre will be complete, but according to on-site sources, that day is only about a month out.
Besides progress on the structure, the exterior is also making substantial headway, and appears to be over halfway to the future rooftop. The sleek black facade is already quite striking, and the next few hundred feet should cement the tower’s status as an imminent icon of the Midtown skyline.
While 53W53rd will be the latest residential building of the 57th Street boom to reach its pinnacle, its origins actually make it the first of the typology proposed for the corridor, with the initial concept first revealed in 2007. After a very controversial approval process, the building lost its top 200 feet to the whims of Amanda Burden, resulting in its current format.
Adjacent to the Museum of Modern Art, 53W53rd will ultimately yield 145 condominiums. The on-file floor count totals 73, while the marketing number is 82. Hines, Pontiac Land Group, and Goldman Sachs are the developers behind the project.
Completion is anticipated by the end of 2018.