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A 57-story stack of individual homes

The Swiss architects of the iconic Bird's Nest stadium at the Beijing Olympics are bringing their innovative style to New York with a translucent glass skyscraper designed to look like houses stacked in the sky.

Architects Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron's $650 million, 57-story condominium featuring dramatic, cantilevered terraces is slated to begin going up in mid-October in lower Manhattan.

It will be their first high-rise commission anywhere in the world. The design is scheduled to be unveiled Monday.

The architects liken their design to “houses stacked in the sky,” with each level staggered progressively with different-sized boxes arranged at varying angles to create unique floor plans for each of the 145 apartments.

They said the tower reinvents the classic American skyscraper “as a lacy, pixilated Rubik's Cube.” Its concealed framing results in a nearly all-glass structure with cityscape views from virtually every angle.

The building will have an expansive 18-foot-high black granite lobby, a 75-foot pool, outdoor sun deck, library lounge, screening room and fitness center.

The apartments will be offered for $3.5 million to $33 million. The tower is slated to open in 2010.

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