In the News: Up on the Skybridge

The American Copper Buildings’ skybridge has officially opened with a robust suite of luxury amenities on Manhattan’s East Side. Designed by SHoP Architects and developed by JDS Development Group, the 60,000-square foot, three-story skybridge links the dancing copper towers, a high-end rental project alongside the East River in Murray Hill. Inside, the skybridge houses a 75-foot lap pool, hot tub, residents’ lounge, Turkish-style marble hammam, double-height fitness center, rock wall, yoga and Pilates studios, and private treatment rooms. What’s more, the skybridge was a logical solution to create connectivity and community between the two buildings.

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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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626 First Avenue by Michael Stern

A First Look Inside New York City’s First Skybridge in 80 Years

Rising 300 feet in the air on the East Side of Manhattan, SHoP Architects’ three-story skybridge at the American Copper Buildings harkens back to futuristic visions for New York City. Developed by JDS Development Group, the skybridge connects two luxury apartment towers. Architectural Digest gets the first look inside this dynamic space, the first skybridge built in 80 years in New York City. “The bridge was the logical solution to create a community between the two buildings,” stated Gregg Pasquarelli, principal at SHoP. “[It] celebrates the project’s location between the river and the skyline.”

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111 West 57th Street Continues Rising As Glass, Bronze, And Terracotta Begin To Glisten

JDS Development Group’s 111 West 57th Street has made substantial construction progress as the 1,428-foot tower climbs into prominence in the Midtown Manhattan skyline. The curtain wall installation is well underway and visible from the street, with glass on the north and south facades and the supertall’s signature terracotta and bronze along the east and west facades. The project will soon break through the so-called “Midtown-Plateau” to take its place as one of the tallest residential skyscrapers in New York City. Designed by SHoP Architects, the tower will be the third tallest in New York City and one of the most slender skyscrapers in the world at a width to height ration of 1:24.

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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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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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