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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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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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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5 Years After Sandy, New York Rebuilds With The Next Flood In Mind

In the wake of hurricane Sandy, New York City real estate developer JDS Development Group incorporated key lessons into the design of the American Copper Buildings, a new pair of luxury apartment towers on New York City’s East River. In an interview with NPR Radio/WNYC, JDS principal Simon Koster explained, “It’s about just building more or less the same building as you always do, but just placing things a little bit differently or being a little bit more thoughtful about what those materials are.” For the American Copper Buildings, this included devoting the 48th floor of the west tower—a prime penthouse apartment location—to five backup generators able to supply emergency power to the 761 apartments. “You would have enough power to charge your phone,” Koster said. “You’d be able to keep food in your refrigerator, at a bare minimum. You would be able to flush your toilet and you would have an elevator that goes up to the floor you live on.” JDS believes that these becoming important selling points for future residents in the context of climate realities.

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18 Picturesque Properties Worthy of Instagram Likes

The most arresting images on Instagram are sometimes snapped close to home—literally. Manhattan’s new luxury residential project, the American Copper Buildings from JDS Development Group, offers eager smartphone photographers ample opportunity to capture moments of architectural splendor and jaw-dropping design. The copper-clad property’s unique, three-story skybridge, which connects the two towers and houses many of their shared amenities, is a light-filled sanctuary where residents can swim in a 75-foot lap pool suspended 300 feet off the ground. With tall, dramatic windows, a sumptuous interior, and expansive views of the East River, this sky-level perch between the two American Copper Buildings is as picturesque as they come.

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SHoP’s (Expanding) House

Since their show-stopping design for the Barclays Center turned an international design spotlight on SHoP Architects in 2013, the firm has been creating a range of innovative new residential projects in New York, including several major projects for JDS Development Group. JDS founder Michael Stern reached out to the SHoP team in 2013, noting with admiration that he had wanted to “meet the lunatics” who had designed Barclays. He was especially impressed that for a project under a great deal of scrutiny, and with complex politics involved, SHoP had made bold aesthetic choices rather than playing it safe. Four years later, JDS and SHoP have undertaken several high-profile projects together, including the ultratall 111 West 57th Street, which combines the landmarked Steinway Building with a sleek new tower clad in light-colored ceramics and brass. On the East River Waterfront, the firms have collaborated on the eye-catching American Copper Buildings at 626 First Avenue. And in another collaboration that deftly weaves a historic building into a new project, the luxury rentals at 9 DeKalb Avenue, which sit adjacent to the landmarked Dime Savings Bank, will soon be in Brooklyn’s tallest residential tower.

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Luxury Rentals Use Apps to Pique Interest

Luxury residences in New York City, competing for renters at the top of the market, are increasingly offering amenities of a virtual sort: apps. Residents of some high-end buildings in Manhattan and Brooklyn can send messages to their doorman, book a fitness class, set up pet care services, and more, all from their smartphone. JDS Development is one of the top real estate developers in New York City that has made apps a seamless part of their residents’ experiences,​ including at the American Copper Buildings,​ and they’re witnessing robust engagement.

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SHoP’s American Copper Buildings bring leisure and luxury to Manhattan

With the first residents moving into their new apartments, American Copper Buildings are finally opening their doors to an admiring public. The copper-clad dancing towers have already made a bold statement along Manhattan’s East River waterfront, and, with amenities that include a double-height fitness center, a rooftop infinity pool, and a lap pool along the skybridge itself, what’s inside is just as groundbreaking as the exterior. JDS Development Group, the residential real estate developer behind American Coppery Buildings, worked with SHoP Architects to create a living space that combined luxury and leisure, ensuring that residents are provided with the perfect place to unwind at the end of a long day.

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The High Life

The New York City real estate market may be experiencing a cooling-off period, but a slate of exceptional new luxury developments and boutique properties are keeping the city’s enviable perch in the real estate pantheon intact. For those who wish to live near the United Nations in Kips Bay, the new luxury rentals at the American Copper Buildings, built by JDS Development, offer both proximity to the UN and a host of jaw-dropping amenities. Residents can enjoy the development’s 60,000 square feet of amenities space, which includes a three-story skybridge that connects the two towers and contains a 75-foot indoor lap pool, a Turkish-inspired marble hammam, a climbing wall, and a juice bar.

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American Copper Buildings Begin to Welcome First Residents

The instantly recognizable new structures that are taking shape along the East River are the American Copper Buildings, two curving towers clad in 4.25 million pounds of raw copper, built by JDS Development and designed by SHoP Architects. The towers are home to 761 luxury residences, and their unique design offers both architectural interest and an impressive array of amenities. A three-story skybridge connects the two towers and sits suspended 300 feet in air. Inside, a lap pool, fitness center, and lounge welcome residents of both buildings to their distinctive shared space.

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