Are Miami Beach’s Luxury Towers the Future of Climate Resilience?

In a location prone to storms and flooding, JDS Development Group’s luxury condominium project Monad Terrace in South Beach, may serve as a template for resilient design. Designed by Ateliers Jean Nouvel, Monad Terrace includes 59 residences housed within a structure lift4ed 11.5 feet above sea level to anticipate climate realities and storm surges. Glass and metal supports are strong enough to withstand a Category 5 storm. The belowground parking garage includes pumps in the event of flooding. “Every progressive architect today looks at [climate change] as an opportunity to create a statement and a solution,” says Kobi Karp, the architect of record on the project. Near the waterfront site, the sales gallery re-creates the experience of Monad Terrace through a model apartment with rich marbles, an open kitchen, and glass bedroom. Prices range from $1.7 million to $12 million dollars. Monad Terrace goes above and beyond the current, city-mandated flood fortifications, pointing to the future of climate resilience.

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111 West 57th Street by JDS Development Group & Michael Stern

NYC Tallest Condo Corridor Gets New Entrant With Steinway

Midtown Manhattan is home to the two tallest residential buildings in New York City, with JDS Development Group bringing a third to the neighborhood. The skyscraper at 111 West 57th Street being incorporated into the 16-story Steinway Hall is adding a competitive edge to the area as it joins a growing market for high-end condos in the sky. This boom is of great interest to global investors, with New York City ranking number one on the list of cities that attract interest from high-net-worth individuals.

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Walker Tower 212 West 18th Street by JDS Development Group & Michael Stern

NYC Walker Tower Sets Downtown Record at $55 Million

The penthouse of Chelsea’s Walker Tower recently went under contract, breaking a record for the area. Co-developer JDS Development’s managing partner Michael Stern said the sale was finalized for just “a hair under” the asking price of $55 million, making it the most expensive residential sale in downtown Manhattan to date. The massive, 5,955-square-foot, full-floor condominium boasts three fireplaces, five bedrooms, five bathrooms, and expansive 360-degree views. Of this historic sale, Stern says, “It’s yet another vindication by the market of the incredible quality of this building.” Manhattan’s skyward ascension is showing no sign of slowing down.

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