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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SHoP Completes „Dancing“ Copper-clad Luxury Apartment Towers in New York

SHoP Architects has just completed a pair of residential skyscrapers, one standing 41 stories and the other standing 48 stories; clad in copper and bent in a striking silhouette, they are connected by an innovative skybridge perched over 90 meters above the ground. The American Copper Buildings on Manhattan’s East River waterfront, built by JDS Development Group, house 761 luxury rental apartments ranging from studios to three-bedroom residences. Their unique three-story skybridge features shared amenities, which include a lap pool, a Turkish-style marble hammam with a plunge pool, a bar and lounge with a catering kitchen, a fitness center, and a playroom for children. Of the buildings’ eye-catching façades, Gregg Pasquarelli, a SHoP cofounder, said that the use of copper was inspired by an iconic New York City landmark. „It started as a shiny penny,” he explained, referring to the copper’s initial installation, “and it’s already turned to a rich brown colour. Over the coming decades, the buildings will turn green like the Statue of Liberty.“

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Miami Architecture Finally Addresses “Visible and Tangible Impacts of Sea-Level Rise

JDS Development Group and architect Jean Nouvel carefully considered the impact of rising sea levels when they created the new Miami luxury tower Monad Terrace. The project, which marks Nouvel’s first residential contribution to the Florida landscape, will be built nearly 12 feet above sea level to protect the building and its 59 residences from flooding and other inclement weather conditions.

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Jean Nouvel elevates Miami Beach residences to avoid rising sea levels

Monad Terrace, the new Miami luxury tower designed by Jean Nouvel in partnership with JDS Development Group, will be built 11.5 feet above sea level—nearly twice the minimum height required by the latest Miami building codes. As such, the tower, which is also Nouvel’s first residential building in Florida, will be able to accommodate an underground garage that sits over six feet above water level. The flood-proof garage is only one of several impressive amenities, including a fitness center, pool, juice bar, café, and storage space, that have made potential buyers so eager to scoop up one of the building’s 59 residences overlooking Biscayne Bay.

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Skybridge with a pool will link pair of manhattan towers by SHoP

JDS Development and SHoP Architects are pushing boundaries with the unique design of the American Copper Buildings. Inspired by the Statue of Liberty and the Leaning Tower of Pisa, it consists of two copper-clad structures that bend away from one another while being linked by an amenities-rich skybridge. Described as “dancing” towers, the American Copper Buildings capture the fluidity of movement along the East River.

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