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New MoMA Extension: Tower Verre by Jean Nouvel, Midtown Manhattan, New York City

Picture of Tower Verre as part of the MoMA extension as seen from the street
New MoMA Extension: Tower Verre by Jean Nouvel, Midtown Manhattan, New York City
© Ateliers Jean Nouvel

Since there's trend and need of blowing away the dust from stalled projects in New York City, here's another skyscraper that could start rising in very near future. Tower Verre, designed by famous Jean Nouvel is part of new MoMA (Museum of Modern Art) extension. With its unique and interesting design it will be quite nice addition to the Midtown skyline.


Some even dare to call it tower of the decade among all other proposed and proved new skyscrapers. Tower Verre was first proposed back in 2007. It was supposed to be one of the tallest buildings in the city with 381m (1,250ft) and 85 floors.

But then problems started. First, the city council with Amanda Burden said, a-a, this won't work. The skyscraper was too tall. Precisely, the crown on top of the tower was in sight to Empire State Building visitors. As a compromise solution, Tower Verre lost its 200ft (61m) on the top.

Okay, but then global crisis came and knocked down the project again. No money, no tower. But recently things started to getting better. Developer Hines took over the project and apparently there is heavy machinery starting to arrive on the site. Now we are waiting impatiently for more info from the site.

Here are renderings and drawings of new, current Tower Verre, 320m (1,050ft) tall with 78 floors.

Picture of Tower Verre as seen from the roof of nearby skyscraper
Tower Verre by Jean Nouvel, Midtown Manhattan, New York City
© Ateliers Jean Nouvel

Picture of Tower Verre location on the map of New York
Tower Verre location by Jean Nouvel, Midtown Manhattan, New York City
© Ateliers Jean Nouvel

Picture of Tower Verre location on the map of Lower Manhattan
Tower Verre location by Jean Nouvel, Midtown Manhattan, New York City
© Ateliers Jean Nouvel

Picture of Tower Verre location on the map of MoMA neighborhood
Tower Verre location by Jean Nouvel, Midtown Manhattan, New York City
© Ateliers Jean Nouvel

Picture of the entrance as seen from across the street
Tower Verre entrance by Jean Nouvel, Midtown Manhattan, New York City
© Ateliers Jean Nouvel

Picture of tower Verre base and entrance as seen from across the street
Tower Verre entrance by Jean Nouvel, Midtown Manhattan, New York City
© Ateliers Jean Nouvel

Picture of the entrance as seen from the sidewalk
Tower Verre entrance by Jean Nouvel, Midtown Manhattan, New York City
© Ateliers Jean Nouvel

Picture of the apartment interior in the Tower Verre
Tower Verre apartment by Jean Nouvel, Midtown Manhattan, New York City
© Ateliers Jean Nouvel

Picture of the swimming pool inside of Tower Verre
Tower Verre pool by Jean Nouvel, Midtown Manhattan, New York City
© Ateliers Jean Nouvel

Picture of the lobby in the Tower Verre
Tower Verre lobby by Jean Nouvel, Midtown Manhattan, New York City
© Ateliers Jean Nouvel

Picture of the bedroom in the Tower Verre
Tower Verre apartent by Jean Nouvel, Midtown Manhattan, New York City
© Ateliers Jean Nouvel

Picture of the lobby interior in the Tower Verre
Tower Verre apartment by Jean Nouvel, Midtown Manhattan, New York City
© Ateliers Jean Nouvel

Picture of the empty room in the Tower Verre
Tower Verre interior by Jean Nouvel, Midtown Manhattan, New York City
© Ateliers Jean Nouvel

Picture of the Tower Verre as seen from the street looking up
Tower Verre by Jean Nouvel, Midtown Manhattan, New York City
© Ateliers Jean Nouvel

Picture of the steel and glass facade on the Tower Verre
Tower Verre facade by Jean Nouvel, Midtown Manhattan, New York City
© Ateliers Jean Nouvel

Picture of four sides of Tower Verre steel skeleton
Tower Verre skeleton construction by Jean Nouvel, Midtown Manhattan, New York City
© Ateliers Jean Nouvel

Picture of the steel skeleton on the lower part of the skyscraper
Tower Verre skeleton lower part by Jean Nouvel, Midtown Manhattan, New York City
© Ateliers Jean Nouvel

Illustration showing how is Tower Verre shaped
Tower Verre illustration by Jean Nouvel, Midtown Manhattan, New York City
© Ateliers Jean Nouvel

Diagram of the skyscraper showing how the skyscraper is occupied
Tower Verre diagram by Jean Nouvel, Midtown Manhattan, New York City
© Ateliers Jean Nouvel

Illustration of Tower Verre with the surrounding buildings
Tower Verre illustration by Jean Nouvel, Midtown Manhattan, New York City
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Illustration of the tower verre from another side
Tower Verre illustration by Jean Nouvel, Midtown Manhattan, New York City
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Two illustrations of Tower Verre from left and right sides
Tower Verre illustration by Jean Nouvel, Midtown Manhattan, New York City
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Tower Verre illustration by Jean Nouvel, Midtown Manhattan, New York City
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Tower Verre illustration by Jean Nouvel, Midtown Manhattan, New York City
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Tower Verre illustration by Jean Nouvel, Midtown Manhattan, New York City
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Tower Verre illustration by Jean Nouvel, Midtown Manhattan, New York City
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Tower Verre illustration by Jean Nouvel, Midtown Manhattan, New York City
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Tower Verre illustration by Jean Nouvel, Midtown Manhattan, New York City
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Tower Verre illustration by Jean Nouvel, Midtown Manhattan, New York City
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Tower Verre illustration by Jean Nouvel, Midtown Manhattan, New York City
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Tower Verre illustration by Jean Nouvel, Midtown Manhattan, New York City
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Tower Verre illustration by Jean Nouvel, Midtown Manhattan, New York City
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Tower Verre illustration by Jean Nouvel, Midtown Manhattan, New York City
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Tower Verre floor plan by Jean Nouvel, Midtown Manhattan, New York City
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Tower Verre floor plan by Jean Nouvel, Midtown Manhattan, New York City
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Tower Verre floor plan by Jean Nouvel, Midtown Manhattan, New York City
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And here is earlier "too tall" version of Tower Verre before it was shortened down.

Picture of Tower Verre as seen from the Rockefeller center
Tower Verre by Jean Nouvel, Midtown Manhattan, New York City
© Ateliers Jean Nouvel

Old Tower Verre
Tower Verre by Jean Nouvel, Midtown Manhattan, New York City
© Ateliers Jean Nouvel

Tower Verre by Jean Nouvel, Midtown Manhattan, New York City
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