Smart Blocks goes Big Apple.

This afternoon, I read an InteriorDesign.net e-newsletter where architect John Beckman is featured as reimagining the 53 West 53rd Street skyscraper initially proposed by architect Jean Nouvel. The site that was purchased from New York’s Museum of Modern Art by real estate developer Hines, and the current design program for this forward-thinking 82-story skyscraper  inlcudes additional gallery space for the MOMA.

Proposed by Architect Jean Nouvel

Proposed by Architect Jean Nouvel

Bekman’s firm, Axis Mundi, has created a “Vertical Neighborhood”, composed of a more then a singular visual image. Bekman tells Interior Design Magazine that “his design would leave space for vertical fissures that move irregularly up the tower by varying the mix of the floor plan units.

Reimagined by design firm Axis Mundi

Reimagined by design firm Axis Mundi

Aerial View from Axis Mundi

Aerial View from Axis Mundi

He says neighbors would be able to see and greet each other because of the open centers of the double-ring units. The Vertical Neighborhood is more organic and more flexible—an assemblage of disparate architectural languages.”

Its New York. Anything goes.

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