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Exploring American Copper Buildings’ Three-Story Skybridge

The curious and uncommon skybridge at the American Copper Buildings stretches three stories, 300 feet up from the ground, connecting the east and west towers of American Copper at the hip. “It’s eye-catching and makes for an eccentric addition to the East River waterfront,” writes David Graver for Cool Hunting. Though traditionally skybridges were utilized in New York City to connect commercial spaces with a walkway, they have fallen out of favor. “This one, however,” Graver continues, “has something more afoot and longevity innately set.” In this luxury new development rental building by JDS Development Group, the skybridge offers a 75-foot indoor lap pool, lounge, and for three lucky residents, private outdoor space on top of the skybridge. SHoP Architects’ copper façade—kinking at four degrees—has already started to patina.

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See how Roman and Williams’s Chelsea condo gets its rich terra cotta façade

In JDS Development Group’s latest “Building Know-How” film series, the luxury homebuilder explores the ancient building material terra-cotta. In this family, JDS reveals the step-by-step process of creating and installing individual green terra-cotta blocks for The Fitzroy, a boutique new condominium project in Chelsea, Manhattan adjacent to the High Line. Designed inside and out by the talented firm Roman & Williams, the Fitzroy reflects a return to the art of craftsmanship, breathtakingly illustrated by the 5600 terra-cotta blocks in 500 unique types, each piece hand finished by Boston Valley Terra Cotta.

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NYC’s best new architecture of 2017, from Cornell Tech to American Copper Buildings

As part of its 14th Annual Curbed Awards, Curbed awarded the American Copper Buildings “Building of the year” for bringing glamour to an otherwise bland area of New York City. Critic Alexandra Lange praised the building for its creativity—from it’s Copper Tone health club, and custom lighting, to branded signage by Pandiscio Co.—and for taping into the ethos of Rem Koolhaas’ Delirious New York “ A scene of seduction at the gym’s two-story climbing wall? A meet-cute in the lobby’s disco-worthy black mailroom?” Lange opined, “It’s fun to see a building ready for more than Netflix and chill.”

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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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New York’s Hell’s Kitchen moves from gritty to gentry

In February 2017, one of Stella Tower’s penthouses sold for $10 million dollars, a record in the district. Developed by JDS Development Group, Stella Tower is the conversion of a telephone building by Ralph Walker—a sister project to the influential Walker Tower project in Chelsea—into 51 luxury condominiums. The sale of this penthouse reveals a growing trend in Hell’s Kitchen, where average sales prices have been up 12.8 per cent from 2016. The neighborhood is a natural home for Broadway professionals as well as drawing businessmen and women to the new housing supply.

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Saltmeadow Debuts in Far Rockaway: Beach-Front Rentals from CetraRuddy and JDS

Developed by JDS Development Group and designed by Cetra Ruddy, Saltmeadow Townhomes, new to the Far Rockaway neighborhood, has started leasing. Saltmeadow comprises of 60 two- and three-bedroom residences that are located along a coastline near the Rockaway Boardwalk, Atlantic Beach, and the Five Town community. Each residence features large windows up to 6 feet, custom engineered plank floors, Bosch washers and dryers, double sinks in kitchens, satin nickel hardware, and Porcelanosa fixtures.

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On the Waterfront: The Architecture Reshaping the Face of the East River

With project such as 9 DeKalb in Downtown Brooklyn and 111W57 overseeing Central Park, it is no surprise that developer JDS Development Group perused a unique, luxury residential development for the copper-clad American Copper Buildings with SHoP Architects, intent on redrawing the New York City skyline. Located at 626 First Avenue between East 35th and East 36th Streets, the zoning requirements included a height limit and a mandate that should two towers be built, they could not be connected at grade.

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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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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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New Images of Jean Nouvel’s Monad Terrace As Work Gets Underway in Miami Beach

Construction is underway for Monad Terrace, a luxury condominium project in South Beach, Miami, designed by Ateliers Jean Nouvel. Michael Stern, founder and managing partner of JDS Development Group, stated, “Monad terrace innovates while integrating seamlessly into the context of Miami Beach. “Its thoughtful design serves as an exemplar for how we should be building and developing coastal cities. Without compromising aesthetics, this project brings the ingenuity and design that is entirely appropriate to this environment. This is an important project for Miami Beach, and I am proud that JDS is leading the way.”
The residences at Monad Terrace range from two to five bedrooms , each with generous indoor and outdoor living space. Amenities include a sun deck with a 116-foot swimming pool and hot tub overlooking Biscayne Bay, a wellness center, valet parking, a café and juice bar, , bicycle and water sports storage room, and an in-house concierge. Four penthouse residences include private pools on roof decks. The project expected to go vertical by March 2018, and the project should be completed by the third quarter of 2019.

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