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Going Up?Howdy, NeighborsTourre de VerreBig & BiggerPeeping MarilynSpot the InfluenceOpen SpaceStanding ApartThe MonumentJenga, AnyoneLet's Get ParametricPaint by Numbers

Axis Mundi's MoMA Tower Proposal.

Slideshow by Matt Chaban

Axis Mundi has proposed an alternative tower to Jean Nouvel's 82-story slender skyscraper adjacent MoMA. Part boredom, part frustration, part thought experiment, the project got noticed by the City Planning Commission and will be presented at a July 22 public hearing on the Nouvel project.

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Going Up?

Axis Mundi's proposed tower rises on a vacant lot between MoMA and the American Folk Art Museum and Pearson's headquarters.

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Howdy, Neighbors

Unlike Jean Nouvel's tower, which Axis Mundi's tweeks in many ways, strives to be more in-line with its neighbors.

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Tourre de Verre

Nouvel's tower, which is currently going through the city's land-use review.

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Big & Bigger

Axis Mundi's building, at 596 feet, is less than half as tall as Nouvel's 1,250-foot tower.

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Peeping Marilyn

The building can be decorated in a number of styles, including some that nod to the art inside the neighboring museum.

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Spot the Influence

The various facades nod to Louis Kahn, Richard Meier, Rio’s favelas, and Corbu’s Unité d’Habitation--that staircase is his.

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Open Space

The building's agglomeration of boxes seems to be mocking Nouvel's sleek lines.

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Standing Apart

While the tower does not challenge the skyline through its height, it certainly remains a unique architectural statement.

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The Monument

The base, however, is meant to evoke MoMA's solid and stolid monumentality.

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Jenga, Anyone

The building begins with a somewhat standard configuration, but the pieces can be arranged in limitless ways.

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Let's Get Parametric

The things they can do with computers these days.

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Paint by Numbers

The box approach also makes it easier to reorganize the building's interior uses and function.

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