Construction Begins on Architect Jean Nouvel's 'Vision Machine' Along Manhattan's West Side

In conjunction with the 20th anniversary of the opening of the Arab World Institute, construction has begun in New York City on Jean Nouvel's latest glass and steel landmark, a direct material and conceptual descendant of his Paris tour de force: 100 11th will be a 23-story tower described by its architect as "a vision machine" at the intersection of 19th Street and the West Side Highway, along the Hudson River in Manhattan.

It will feature the most highly-engineered and technologically advanced curtain wall ever constructed in New York City - a gently curving, glittering mosaic of nearly 1,700 different-sized panes of colorless glass, each set at a unique angle and torque, sheathing one of the most meticulously customized, high performance residential addresses in the nation. The building's dazzling Mondrian-like window pattern will frame splendid views from within the tower while producing an exterior texture that serves as a poetic analog for the vibrancy, density and changeability of New York.

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