Like a honed piece of exquisite glassware, Baccarat Hotel & Residences distinguishes itself within its surroundings through its formal restraint and focus on detail. Its exterior is a study in contrast. The tower’s 605-foot-tall east and west elevations—its main structural components—are sheathed in faceted, jet black aluminum panels, referencing the austerity and minimalism of the neighboring Museum of Modern Art building. These solid, matte surfaces frame the dazzling, reflective north and south facades. Clad with crystal-clear glass, these surfaces evoke Baccarat’s long history of decorative arts. With varying light and sky conditions, these large glazed expanses appear organic and lively. From inside, the tower commands outstanding views of Manhattan landmarks, including Central Park and the Empire State Building.