Wow-factor Wellness Center at Jean Nouvel’s 53W53 in New York

Take a first look at the green walls, swimming pools and sports facilities of the Wellness Center at luxury high rise 53W53 in New York, designed by Jean Nouvel

Swimming pool interior looking out at Private Club
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Located in the heart of Manhattan, 53W53 is one of the newest New York luxury residential high rises, and the first in town to be designed by Pritzker Prize-winning French architect Jean Nouvel. The dramatic 82-storey structure dominates the skyline, elegantly asserting its presence; and stepping inside, the experience is no less impressive. 

Offering a range of amenities and exclusive services, the development – owned by Singaporean company Pontiac Land and Hines, and featuring interiors by Thierry Despont – has now unveiled its state-of-the-art Wellness Center: a haven of green walls, swimming pools, calm and luxury for its lucky residents.

53W53 Wellness Center

Stretching out across the entire 12th floor of the building, the centre incorporates spa and fitness facilities, including a generous swimming pool with a lush green wall designed by French botanist Patrick Blanc; a squash room; a fully equiped gym with separate yoga/Pilates room; and a golf simulator that lets you play (virtually) at some of the best courses in the world.

The space is managed by wellness brand The Wright Fit. From personalised classes to doing absolutely nothing and relaxing in the steam room, these luxe facilities have it all – and in a Nouvel-designed space no less. 

hero exterior at dusk of 53W53 by Jean Nouvel

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‘When residents enter the Wellness Center, they are transported to a relaxing oasis that evokes luxury at every corner and inspires an overwhelming sense of grounding calmness,' says Samantha Sax, chief marketing officer of Pontiac Land US.

‘Between the unparalleled design and the sheer variety of health and wellness offerings within the 15,000 sq ft, full-floor space, the Wellness Center is a reprieve from daily life and a dedicated venue for self-indulgence and total mind and body wellness.'

The interior's materiality matches its technological and spatial glamour, encompassing finishes such as matrix stone and white crystal. Touches such as Bulgari’s shower and body products, an abundance of natural light throughout, and powerful architecture – featuring Nouvel’s exposed structural system, known as the diagrid, which eliminates the need for interior columns – make for an experience that feels rich and tailored to the needs of its discerning residents.

The space allows for luxurious downtime, whether users are embracing its opportunities for activity or seeking relaxation for the body and soul.

Apartment interior towards view at Private Club

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Lifts and circulation at Private Club

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Green wall in swimming pool at Private Club

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Gym interior at Private Club

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Gym and yoga space at Private Club

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Spa and sauna at Private Club

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Spa and wellness treatment room at Private Club

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Squash room at Private Club

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Ellie Stathaki is the Architecture & Environment Director at Wallpaper*. She trained as an architect at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece and studied architectural history at the Bartlett in London. Now an established journalist, she has been a member of the Wallpaper* team since 2006, visiting buildings across the globe and interviewing leading architects such as Tadao Ando and Rem Koolhaas. Ellie has also taken part in judging panels, moderated events, curated shows and contributed in books, such as The Contemporary House (Thames & Hudson, 2018), Glenn Sestig Architecture Diary (2020) and House London (2022).