Live in SHoP’s American Copper Buildings from $2,975/Mo; Read Carter’s New Review

The highly-anticipated American Copper Buildings have just commenced leasing on the initial batch of rental apartments. Each of the two building’s feature more than 300 unique layouts. These first available units range from studio to two-bedroom residences and are priced from $2,975/month for studios, $4,400 for one-bedrooms, and $6,650 for two-bedroom apartments.

Besides the condo-level finishes, which include SHoP-designed custom-kitchens with Miele appliances and marble bathrooms, the two-pronged rental boasts a 60,000-square-foot amenity package that is simply unprecedented. Between the two buildings is a SCAPE-designed landscaped park and a porte-cochere that provides access to an underground parking garage. Residents enter through two soaring attended lobbies, highlighted with commissioned artworks. Other noteworthy amenities include the rooftop infinity pool and indoor 75 skybridge lap pool, the double-height fitness center with a climbing wall, the children’s playroom, and the residents lounge.

Now nearly finished, our in-house architecture critic, Carter Housley gave us his rousing review of the city’s newest landmark dedicated to the perfection of urban living:
“Imagine putting Manhattan inside a very large wok and swirling things around (fast, like stir-fry) or the Michelin Tire Giant bumping his way through Manhattan (with a smile, of course). No, this isn’t a Coney Island Fun House but an interesting flourish from SHoP Architects that’s nearing completion. The jaunty, slanting rental towers, known as the American Copper Buildings, teeter over the East River between 35th and 36th streets —they seem to dance like topless, tipsy, sun-tanned beauties.”

“It may not be as spectacular as Moshe Safdie’s curved, triple-towered Marina Bay Sands extravaganza, straddled with its 1,120-foot-long SkyPark and 490-foot-long infinity swimming pool, in Singapore. But for the moment, it’s New York’s most sensational new construction project —even though its two towers are not cloud busters, only rising to 41 and 48 stories high, and don’t qualify to join the city’s supertall club.

They’re sensational not because of their long, north/ south facades are elegantly clad in copper in an almost lilting fashion —but because they are joined at their high waists by a three-story skybridge. Skybridges, of course, are not new to the city, but they are rare and none have ever reached this height. Not to mention, this particular skybridge is “wedged” at a dramatic 45-degree angle between and houses a 75-foot-long swimming pool and residential terraces.”

The American Copper complex, which should open later this year, will also have a roof deck with an infinity edge pool, a fitness center, a boxing gym, a squash court, a children’s playroom, a demo kitchen, a screening room, and a marble Hamman. The two rental towers will contain 761 apartments, 160 of which will be set aside as affordable.

That’s a lot of apartments, but still less than the 817 at the nearby, 57-story Corinthian, which was erected by Bernard Spitzer, Peter L. Malkin, and Kriti Properties & Development in 1988. Also in the area are two sleek and handsome apartment towers: 1984-built, hexagonal slab tower known as Manhattan Place, with 486-units, and the 1988-built, L-shaped 44-story/444-unit tower known as The Horizon —both of which were erected by the Glick Organization.

The American Copper Buildings are being developed by JDS Development Group, which has also commissioned SHoP Architects to design a 1,400-foot-tower adjacent to Steinway Hall on West 57th Street. That tower is now under construction. SHoP’s other major projects include the mid-rise The Porter House apartment building on the northeast corner of 15th Street and Ninth Avenue, the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, and the redevelopment of the Domino Sugar plant on the East River in Brooklyn.

A recent New York Times article reported that JDS got 79,000 applications for the 160 subsidized units within the buildings. The article also noted that the building placed emergency generators on the 48th floor of one of the towers in order to provide power for a refrigerator and a telephone in every apartment in the case of a power outage.


By CityRealty Staff, CityRealty

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