A 36th-floor residence in Jean Nouvel’s 53 West 53 building is serene and poetic.
Pritzker Prize-winning architect Jean Nouvel’s 53 West 53 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 AFSO, 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.