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Architecture review: The American Copper Buildings, NYC’s performance art project

Given the unique silhouette of the American Copper Buildings, where two bent towers are linked by a skybridge, one may wonder what the design intent behind the project was. Gregg Pasquarelli from SHoP Architects and Michael Stern from JDS Development Group explain that the “kinky” design of the project, including the one-of-a-kind skybridge, was a result of working around the challenging lot conditions of the project. In order to keep the two towers connected, SHoP and JDS collectively agreed to build a bridge floating 300 feet above the ground, which now houses most of American Copper’s amenities. As reflected in the project’s name, the American Copper Buildings’ exterior is clad in copper, which will slowly turn green over time. In fact, a few of the copper panels have already been showing signs of patina, hinting to the buildings’ green future.

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12 Innovative Post-Sandy Projects Built to Withstand Future Storms

A new townhouse community – Saltmeadow – in Far Rockaway, has been recognized as one of the 12 new innovative developments for flood-resilient design. The development is located within the flood zone affected by Hurricane, which urged the developer, JDS Development Group, and the architect, CetraRuddy Architecture, to ensure Saltmeadow would withstand storms in the future. Habitable spaces in the apartments as well as electrical closets are all built above the base flood elevation, and the buildings include flood vents that will prevent damage to foundation walls in the case of a flood. Permeable pavers and storm planters are a few additional features that contribute to the project’s flood resilience.

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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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NEW DEVELOPMENT: Saltmeadow Opens in Far Rockaway; Watermark Making a Statement in LIC

Designed by CetraRuddy Architecture and developed by JDS Development Group, Saltmeadow is a new townhome community comprised of 60 waterside apartments in Far Rockaway, Queens. Each apartment showcases elegant finishes and materials, including custom plank floors, satin nickel hardware, blue stone entry stairs, marble kitchen counters, and marble bathroom walls and floors. Additionally, addressing the development’s proximity to water, all homes are designed with flood resilience measures.

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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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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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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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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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