CTBUH reveals best tall building worldwide and winners of 2018 tall building awards

The winners for the Council on Tall Building and Urban Habitat’s Tall Building Awards are out. The CTBUH selects the best tall building from four different areas, Asia & Australasia, Middle East & Africa, Europe, and the Americas. Other awards include the Urban Habitat Award, the Construction Award, the Ten Year Award, the Innovation Award, and the Best Tall Building Worldwide Award. The American Copper Buildings in New York City took home the title for Best Tall Building Americas. The principal of SHoP architects, Greg Pasquarelli, noted that one of the firm’s favorite features of the project was indeed the skybridge, which features a lap pool, allowing residents to swim from one tower to another while enjoying city and river views. The building also incorporates many sustainable features and systems to withstand extreme weather.

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150 N Riverside beat by New York towers for best building award

The American Copper Buildings, a New York residential project designed by SHoP Architects and developed by JDS Development, won the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) award for Best Tall Buildings Americas. 150 N. Riverside in Chicago, alongside one building in Quito, Ecuador and two others in New York, were the finalists for the category. The American Copper Buildings is a uniquely shaped structure, clad in copper. The development houses over 700 residences and boasts an impressive amenity package that includes a lap pool, fitness center, spa, and lounge. After observing the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, SHoP and JDS made sure to design and build American Copper to resist flooding and other extreme weather conditions.

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New York architects ditch “default” glass facades for brick, stone and copper

When it comes to designing towers, architects in New York are moving away from using glass in favor of more solid-looking materials such as concrete, copper, and stone. Glass has dominated the skyscraper scene in New York for many years, with the World Trade Center, Times Square, and Hudson Yards, few of many examples of the lasting trend. According to John Cetra from CetraRuddy and Gregg Pasquarelli from SHoP Architects, this trend, however, is going out of style. A series of new developments and proposals show a newfound revival of traditional building materials, particularly those used in New York’s golden age during the early 20th century. While the first buildings made entirely of glass were unlike anything New Yorkers had ever seen before, architects are now becoming more conscious of how their designs fit into the immediate surroundings and city’s broader architectural history. The American Copper Buildings, designed by SHoP Architects, is one of the projects that embraces the traditional use of metal. Copper covers most of the two towers connected by a skybridge. The color of the copper façade will change from a reddish brown to a green over time, slowly aging with grace.

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Five “dancing” architecture projects that command an audience

Alongside Bjarke Ingels’ XI towers (The Eleventh) next to the High Line, and Frank Ghery’s 1996 Dancing House in the Czech Republic, The American Copper Buildings, designed by SHoP Architects, is a building that appears as if it is dancing. The pair of copper-clad skyscrapers both kink at the halfway mark and connect with one another through a skybridge that floats in the air. The two bendy towers as well as the bridge that links the two, create a unique silhouette that gives the impression that the buildings are interacting with each other.

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Exploring American Copper Buildings’ Three-Story Skybridge

The curious and uncommon skybridge at the American Copper Buildings stretches three stories, 300 feet up from the ground, connecting the east and west towers of American Copper at the hip. “It’s eye-catching and makes for an eccentric addition to the East River waterfront,” writes David Graver for Cool Hunting. Though traditionally skybridges were utilized in New York City to connect commercial spaces with a walkway, they have fallen out of favor. “This one, however,” Graver continues, “has something more afoot and longevity innately set.” In this luxury new development rental building by JDS Development Group, the skybridge offers a 75-foot indoor lap pool, lounge, and for three lucky residents, private outdoor space on top of the skybridge. SHoP Architects’ copper façade—kinking at four degrees—has already started to patina.

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Top New York apartment buildings that stand out in the crowd

The reporters at Brokers Weekly share their top picks for new residential development buildings in New York City for 2017, including the American Copper Buildings by JDS Development Group and SHoP Architects. Touted for the “Best (and only) Skybridge”, American Copper presents a duo of dynamic luxury rental towers connected by a skybridge—an altogether sleek addition to the skyline of Manhattan. The three-level skybridge houses a large portion of the building’s 60,000 square feet of amenities, including a 75-foot lap pool, hammam, and resident’s lounge. The comprehensive list of amenities is on par with offerings for a condominium building, including private spa and treatment rooms, children’s play room, catering kitchen, private event studio, landscaped park, personal training, yoga and Pilates studios, underground parking, and concierge. “This neighborhood needed a shot of adrenaline, something refreshing,” said Michael Stern, founder and managing partner of JDS Development. “We’re bringing a dynamic piece of architecture.”

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NYC’s best new architecture of 2017, from Cornell Tech to American Copper Buildings

As part of its 14th Annual Curbed Awards, Curbed awarded the American Copper Buildings “Building of the year” for bringing glamour to an otherwise bland area of New York City. Critic Alexandra Lange praised the building for its creativity—from it’s Copper Tone health club, and custom lighting, to branded signage by Pandiscio Co.—and for taping into the ethos of Rem Koolhaas’ Delirious New York “ A scene of seduction at the gym’s two-story climbing wall? A meet-cute in the lobby’s disco-worthy black mailroom?” Lange opined, “It’s fun to see a building ready for more than Netflix and chill.”

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In the News: Up on the Skybridge

The American Copper Buildings’ skybridge has officially opened with a robust suite of luxury amenities on Manhattan’s East Side. Designed by SHoP Architects and developed by JDS Development Group, the 60,000-square foot, three-story skybridge links the dancing copper towers, a high-end rental project alongside the East River in Murray Hill. Inside, the skybridge houses a 75-foot lap pool, hot tub, residents’ lounge, Turkish-style marble hammam, double-height fitness center, rock wall, yoga and Pilates studios, and private treatment rooms. What’s more, the skybridge was a logical solution to create connectivity and community between the two buildings.

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On the Waterfront: The Architecture Reshaping the Face of the East River

With project such as 9 DeKalb in Downtown Brooklyn and 111W57 overseeing Central Park, it is no surprise that developer JDS Development Group perused a unique, luxury residential development for the copper-clad American Copper Buildings with SHoP Architects, intent on redrawing the New York City skyline. Located at 626 First Avenue between East 35th and East 36th Streets, the zoning requirements included a height limit and a mandate that should two towers be built, they could not be connected at grade.

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