Inside the American Copper Buildings, NYC’s ‘new skyline icon’
SHoP Architects and JDS Development Group’s bendy Kips Bay rental towers began their ascent along First Avenue just shy of two years ago. What a difference time makes, as the team debuts the buildings’ model apartments, an honest-to-goodness first look into the building, and the project’s full website today.
The American Copper Buildings is the third project that SHoP and JDS have collaborated on, but is the first to be realized. At that, it bears the same marks of distinction—high end finishes, unique architecture—that 111 West 57th Street and 9 Dekalb have promised as well, despite the project’s status not as high-end condos, but rentals. And while the rentals have yet to hit the market, the building’s website has already declared the project as a “new skyline icon” of New York City.
At that, there was never any doubt that the apartments would be anything less than pricey (The facade of the buildings is made out of 4.25 million pounds of copper, for goodness sake.) Rents for the 761 apartments will start at $2,800/month for a studio, $3,600/month for one-bedrooms [update: the starting price for one-bedrooms has been bumped to $4,100], and $6,800/month for two-bedrooms.
What that gets for tenants of the building is somewhat vast, and laid out skillfully on the website that tactfully courts Manhattan’s quirky, creative elite. Tenants will have access to the building’s architectural centerpiece, its skybridge, where a lounge and bar, 75-foot lap pool, hammam, spa, juice bar, and kids playroom will float 300 feet above ground. Other services available to tenants include a personalized app for American Copper Building amenities, a 24-hour doorman and concierge, and on-site underground parking and valet.
The apartments, also designed by SHoP, will feature kitchens with Miele appliances including a speed oven, and a statuary marble countertop and backsplash; master bathrooms with black pearl stone floor tile, a full length built-in medicine closet, and a rain shower head and hand shower; floor-to-ceiling windows, and nearly 10-foot-high ceilings. A gallery for prospective renters will open to the public after the new year, with listings to follow.
By Zoe Rosenberg, Curbed NY
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