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The Louvre Abu Dhabi, 53W53, and Monad Terrace: Jean Nouvel on Starting over from Zero

Jean Nouvel is the Pritzker Prize winning French architect behind man of the world’s most iconic contemporary buildings, including the Louvre Abu Dahbi, the Cartier Foundation, and Torre Agbar. In an interview during Art Basel, 2016, Whitewall met with Nouvel to discuss Monad Terrace, the architect’s first building in South Beach, developed by JDS Development Group. Nouvel dubs Monad Terrace “the reflection machine,” playing on Miami’s identity and climate of light and sea. Nouvel used water as a mirror to reflect light, which is further reflected on the honeycomb facades. This is paired with vegetation and gracious, unique residences that relate to the lagoon and the water beyond. Nouvel explains, “the ambition is for architecture to always be a gift.”

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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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South Beach’s Monad Terrace secures $62.5M in construction financing: Expected to go vertical in March

JDS Development Group has announced that their luxury condominium project Monad Terrace in Miami Beach has secured $62.5 million dollars in construction financing. The construction of Monad Terrace is well underway with the foundation soil mixing nearing completion. Vertical construction will begin in 2018. Monad Terrace was designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Jean Nouvel in collaboration with Miami-based architect Kobi Karp. According to Curbed, “Monad Terrace is unquestionably among the most innovative projects in Miami’s condo pipeline.” The project was designed with climate resilience in mind and will be the first new construction project in Miami Beach built at 14 feet above sea level, exceeding the city’s new requirements.

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Monad Terrace Plans VIP Groundbreaking Ceremony and Secures $62.5M Construction Loan

Developer JDS Development Group has announced a VIP Groundbreaking Ceremony for Monad Terrace October 25th, 2017. Foundation soil mixing began several months ago, whereby cement is mixed with soil and injected into the ground in order to create a solid, waterproof foundation. The Groundbreaking Ceremony coincides with the developer announcing that it has secured $62.5 Million in construction financing for the 59 luxury condominium residences in South Beach.

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Miami Marvels: Top international architects are heating up South Florida’s largest cityscape

Ateliers Jean Nouvel’s Monad Terrace in South Beach, Miami presents 59 luxury residences for sale, starting at $1.7 million. Developed by JDS Development Group, Monad Terrace features a unique sawtooth façade, water garden, or “reflection machine,” and full suite of amenities, altogether creating a unique new residential building heating up South Florida’s cityscape.

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Believe it. This Project is in New York City

Saltmeadow is a new rental beachfront community of townhouses in Far Rockaway, Queens. Designed by CetraRuddy architects and developed by JDS Development Group, the new development includes 60 residences in four clusters of two-family townhouses. Bound by Beach 5th and Beach 6th Streets between Reynolds Channel and Seagirt Boulevard, the ground-floor façades of the townhouses are clad in a stone base of quartzite and sedimentary rock, echoing the jetties along the shoreline of Rockaway. Locally-quarried bluestone slabs are used in accent trims and the entry stairs. Accent walls of beveled Western red cedar planks and weathered zinc light fixtures provide additional warmth at the townhouse entries. Taking advantage of its waterfront location, all homes have outdoor space and windows oriented to maximize water views. Set within the flood zone affected by Superstorm Sandy in 2012, the project was designed to withstand flooding and allows residents to rebound from future extreme events. All habitable spaces and electrical closets are built above the base flood elevation, while ground floors are laid out as storage, garage and unfinished areas. In addition, the design features flood vents, permanent openings that allow water to pass into or out of a building’s exterior foundation walls. Other sustainable features include white roofs, permeable pavers to reduce runoff, and storm planters that capture roof runoff and filter it before releasing it back into the soil.

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Construction Update: The Fitzroy, Field Condition

Now that the 10-story Chelsea condo building The Fitzroy has topped out, the building’s gorgeous green terra-cotta façade is ready to be installed. The Roman and Williams-designed building from residential real estate developer JDS Development Groups, which is inspired by Manhattan’s art deco masterpieces, will be home to 14 luxury residences that combine modern comfort and classic style. Each unique condo will have a custom interior featuring eleven-foot-high ceilings, oak floors in a classic chevron pattern, and distinctive marble counters with top-of-the-line appliances and fixtures in the kitchens and baths. These beautiful homes start at $5.2 million.​

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10-Story, 14-Unit Mixed-Use Project The Fitzroy Tops Out at 514 West 24th Street, Chelsea

In construction news, the beautiful Chelsea condo The Fitzroy has topped out at 10 stories. The new art deco-inspired building from residential real estate developer JDS Development Group and architects Roman and Williams features just 14 residences. Soon the character and sophistication of the green terra-cotta façade (with copper-clad oak windows) will be matched by the generous interior dimensions and gorgeous classic finishes of these exclusive condos: from the Fior di Pesco marble countertops and Waterworks R.W. Atlas fixtures in the custom kitchens to the copper soaking tubs and radiant-heat floors in the baths.

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Chelsea condo The Fitzroy tops out, 1 Seaport progresses in the Financial District, and more

JDS Development Group’s latest Chelsea condo project, The Fitzroy, has topped out, marking a milestone for the exciting art district development. The residential real estate developer tapped Roman and Williams to design the luxury building, which rises to 10 stories and features just 14 residences. Starting at $5.2 million, the homes at The Fitzroy offer oversized windows, high ceilings, oak doors, and oak floors in a classic chevron pattern. The art deco-inspired building, which will be covered in a striking green terra-cotta façade with custom copper-clad windows, will also provide comprehensive amenities, including a landscaped rooftop, a fully equipped fitness center by La Palestra, and bicycle storage.

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Steinway Hall’s restored facade is revealed as supertall construction progresses

As progress on 111 West 57th Street continues apace, major construction milestones are being revealed at last. The JDS Development project, designed by SHoP Architects, combines the conservation of Steinway Hall, the landmarked 1925 structure, with the addition of an ultraslim, ultratall luxury residential tower that will top out at 1,421 feet and be clad in bronze and ceramic panels. Steinway Hall’s newly restored limestone exterior is the latest sign that the meticulous restoration of this historic landmark is nearing completion. JDS’s Instagram feed has revealed extraordinary bird’s-eye views of scaffolding being removed to unveil the ornate facade and the shimmering copper roof. Ultimately, the historic Steinway Hall structure will become a grand point of entry for the new residents of 111 West 57th Street.

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