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 condos 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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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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Kips Bay’s American Copper Buildings officially hit the rental market from $3,200/month

About one month after a soft launch, the first residents of the Kips Bay luxury apartments at the American Copper Buildings are moving in, and the development has officially begun leasing. Built by JDS Development and designed by SHoP Architects, the buildings’ 761 apartments span the two connected towers, which rise to 41 and 48 stories. The available apartments range from studios to two bedrooms, with three-bedroom residences yet to come online. Each is finished with oak flooring and marble countertops, Bosch and Miele appliances, and antique brass details in the bathrooms. The impressive suite of amenities includes the three-story skybridge that links the two towers and houses the 75-foot indoor lap pool, hot tub, and lounge. The Copper Tone fitness center by La Palestra is also situated on the skybridge, where it offers its own climbing wall, marble hammam, plunge pool, and yoga studio.

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Dive Into New York City's Best Indoor Pools That Are Architecturally Cool

While New York City is famous for its landmarks, shops, and parks, swimming pools are not among its signature attractions. But that’s changing, thanks to of one of the city’s most distinctive new luxury residential developments, the American Copper Buildings on Manhattan’s East River. The two curved towers are connected by a unique, amenity-packed skybridge. Residents can actually swim from one tower to the other across the 75-foot lap pool, which affords panoramic city views via huge glass walls.

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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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New York skyscrapers adapt to climate change

Much of the real estate development NYC has seen in recent years has made size its top priority, but at JDS Development Group’s American Copper Buildings, nothing is more important than safety. The dual-towered Kips Bay development has implemented features that will allow the residents of its 764 homes to continue living in comfort in the event of a natural disaster. Each residence is equipped with two outlets that will remain functional during a blackout, thanks to natural gas generators on the building’s top floor. The main electrical, ventilation, and heating systems also have added protection, courtesy of their prime location on the first floor, well above where flooding might reach them. Even the design features have been crafted to take a beating; the wood paneling that accents the lobby dries quickly and without damage following a storm.

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The Copper Buildings

The most striking new residential development rising in Manhattan is undoubtedly the American Copper Buildings. JDS Development Group and SHoP Architects overlooked no detail in constructing these striking towers, which bend away from one another around their midpoints like two dancers in the midst of a twirl. This unique pair of asymmetrical towers is clothed in copper and glass and joined at the hip by a three-story-tall, glass-enclosed skybridge that houses some of the amenities available to residents, including a swimming pool. With their unprecedented shape and forward-looking copper façade, which is designed to age into a gentle patina, the American Copper Buildings stand at the forefront of NYC real estate development.

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New NYC Apartments Hitting the Market: Spring 2017

The American Copper Buildings are among the latest New York City developments slated to hit the market this spring. In fact, some of their luxury rentals already became available in February. Designed by SHoP Architects and built by JDS Development, the curved copper towers are situated on the East River waterfront. Just behind their unique copper-clad exteriors, there are several standout features, including an innovative skybridge that houses a 75-foot lap pool and hammam, a bar and lounge, and a kids’ playroom.

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