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Nouvel Rejoins Starchitect Showdown at MoMA Canyon

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Things appear to be getting crowded on West 53rd Street around MoMA; maybe too crowded. Developer Hines is resurrecting its plans for a Jean Nouvel-designed residential spire next to the museum on 53rd Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues, according to Crain's. The original plans for a 1,250 feet tower was rejected by the City Planning Commission and then the economy cooled by the time a smaller plan was approved. The latest scoop on the plans for a MoMA neighbor describe a 78-story building with 480,000 square feet of apartments above a 92,000-square-foot hotel. It will also include space for MoMa as well as a restaurant space.

Directly across from MoMA, at 20 West 53rd Street, Starwood Capital is forging ahead with its plans to build a 45-story tower that will house a Baccarat-branded hotel and luxury residences. Enrique Norten and SOM have both been linked to the Baccarat project. Will two towers going up across the street from each other fuel a starchitect showdown on West 53rd. We certainly hope so!
· Stirrings of life on $126M site next to MoMA [Crains]
· 20 West 53rd Street coverage [Curbed]
· MoMA Tower coverage [Curbed]