Developer Hines filed new plans at the end of July for Jean Nouvel's shortened Tower Verre. The clever folks at the Observer filed a public information request to get some more deets?and came up with the architectural drawings for the revised tower. So what's different this time around?
The 1,050-foot building will be 78 stories tall, instead of the planned 85 stories. There will be no more than 100 hotel rooms, instead of the original 167. There's more residential square footage in this incarnation of the tower, though: 480,000 square feet, compared to the earlier 458,000. There will be a restaurant in the lobby and 52,000 square feet for MoMA, one aspect of the plan that's remained consistent.
There have been a few modifications to the design. Here's the archibabble:
The facade consists of several sloped planes at different angles, which ascend to a sharp needles at the top of the building. The tower top is distinguished by three distinct asymetrical peaks, of varying height and shape?.The facade treatment of the building consists of non-mirrored glass and painted aluminum elements. And the interior structure of the building is expressed on the facade in an aluminum web “Diagrid” pattern of nodes and spokes, which extends from the sidewalk to the top of the building, not including mechanical spaces. The mechanical equipment at the top of the building is set behind a facade of blades, or louvres. Likey?
· MoMeh: Nouvel's New Museum Tower Looks Very Familiar [NYO]
· MoMa Tower coverage [Curbed]