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CTBUH reveals best tall building worldwide and winners of 2018 tall building awards

The winners for the Council on Tall Building and Urban Habitat’s Tall Building Awards are out. The CTBUH selects the best tall building from four different areas, Asia & Australasia, Middle East & Africa, Europe, and the Americas. Other awards include the Urban Habitat Award, the Construction Award, the Ten Year Award, the Innovation Award, and the Best Tall Building Worldwide Award. The American Copper Buildings in New York City took home the title for Best Tall Building Americas. The principal of SHoP architects, Greg Pasquarelli, noted that one of the firm’s favorite features of the project was indeed the skybridge, which features a lap pool, allowing residents to swim from one tower to another while enjoying city and river views. The building also incorporates many sustainable features and systems to withstand extreme weather.

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The Lustrous History of Steinway Hall + See Progress on its Supertall Annex, 111 West 57th

JDS Development Group and Property Market Group’s supertall tower at 111 West 57th Street will stand adjacent to Warren & Wetmore’s landmarked Steinway Hall. The developers of the skyscraper are restoring the neighboring 10-story Steinway Hall with a revival of its limestone façade. Designed in 1925, Steinway Hall carries a rich history. It begins with Heinrich E. Steinweg Sr., the owner of an instrument and piano shop in Germany. His son Charles moved to New York in 1849 and founded Steinway and Sons, a piano manufacturing firm located at 85 Varick Street. With the opening of Carnegie Hall in 1891, Central Park south became a hub for leading musical centers, and the firm set out to build a structure on 57th Street. They hired Warren and Wetmore, the architecture firm that designed Grand Central Station. The result was a beautiful neo-classical tower with a limestone facade, today known and landmarked as Steinway Hall. In 2013, Steinway transferred its lease to JDS, and the piano firm relocated to 1133 Sixth Avenue in 2016. JDS has since initiated a project on the site, using the air rights from Steinway Hall to accommodate a neighboring tower featuring a curtain of glass, terra cotta, and bronze filigree. Together, the tower and newly refurbished Steinway Hall will become one of New York City’s iconic pairings of old and new.

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The tallest building in Brooklyn begins its rise to the top

Construction on 9 Dekalb, the tallest tower in Brooklyn, is about to begin. Reaching 1,066 feet, this development will throw Brooklyn into the conversation around super-tall buildings. The tower will yield 417 rental apartments, 20 percent of which will be priced below-market rate. JP Morgan Chase sold the landmarked Dime bank building, located on the site of the tower, to JDS Development Group and Chetrit Group for $90 million. The developers also bought the other property on the site, 340 Flatbush Ave. Extension, for $43 million.

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150 N Riverside beat by New York towers for best building award

The American Copper Buildings, a New York residential project designed by SHoP Architects and developed by JDS Development, won the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) award for Best Tall Buildings Americas. 150 N. Riverside in Chicago, alongside one building in Quito, Ecuador and two others in New York, were the finalists for the category. The American Copper Buildings is a uniquely shaped structure, clad in copper. The development houses over 700 residences and boasts an impressive amenity package that includes a lap pool, fitness center, spa, and lounge. After observing the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, SHoP and JDS made sure to design and build American Copper to resist flooding and other extreme weather conditions.

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New York architects ditch “default” glass facades for brick, stone and copper

When it comes to designing towers, architects in New York are moving away from using glass in favor of more solid-looking materials such as concrete, copper, and stone. Glass has dominated the skyscraper scene in New York for many years, with the World Trade Center, Times Square, and Hudson Yards, few of many examples of the lasting trend. According to John Cetra from CetraRuddy and Gregg Pasquarelli from SHoP Architects, this trend, however, is going out of style. A series of new developments and proposals show a newfound revival of traditional building materials, particularly those used in New York’s golden age during the early 20th century. While the first buildings made entirely of glass were unlike anything New Yorkers had ever seen before, architects are now becoming more conscious of how their designs fit into the immediate surroundings and city’s broader architectural history. The American Copper Buildings, designed by SHoP Architects, is one of the projects that embraces the traditional use of metal. Copper covers most of the two towers connected by a skybridge. The color of the copper façade will change from a reddish brown to a green over time, slowly aging with grace.

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Five “dancing” architecture projects that command an audience

Alongside Bjarke Ingels’ XI towers (The Eleventh) next to the High Line, and Frank Ghery’s 1996 Dancing House in the Czech Republic, The American Copper Buildings, designed by SHoP Architects, is a building that appears as if it is dancing. The pair of copper-clad skyscrapers both kink at the halfway mark and connect with one another through a skybridge that floats in the air. The two bendy towers as well as the bridge that links the two, create a unique silhouette that gives the impression that the buildings are interacting with each other.

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​Michael Stern’s JDS scores Miami’s largest condo construction loan in nearly a year​

Madison Realty Capital, a real estate investor and lender based in New York, provided a $137 construction loan for Michael Stern’s JDS Development condominium project on South Beach in Miami, Monad Terrace. Partnering with New Valley, Ackerman Development and Mink Development, JDS launched sales of the 59-unit building in February 2017. According to Stern, construction will soon go vertical with an expected completion date of fall 2019. “Large construction loans in Florida right now are few and far between and this speaks to the quality of the project and the vision of the lender,” Stern explained. Residences at Monad Terrace range from 1,500 square feet to 5,350 square feet and prices start at $1.7 million. Climbing gardens, reflecting pools, and large terraces overlooking the bay uniquely characterize the building.

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Tapering begins as 111 West 57th Street reaches for 1,428-foot pinnacles

Construction on 111 West 57th Street has reached its first setback on the 45th floor. SHoP Architect’s design for the project features 12 setbacks, with a transparent glass curtain on the northern and southern facades, and terracotta cladding and bronze latticework on the eastern and western facades. The terracotta façade is installed up to the 33rd floor, and already proving to interact with the sun to create interesting shadows and reflections of light. In order to minimize the movement and vibrations of the tower, an 800-ton tuned mass damper will top off the project. The damper at 111 West 57th Street weighs the equivalent of three and a half Statues of Liberties, making its mark as the heaviest in the world. The 1,428-foot tower will house 60 condominiums, with prices ranging between $15.5 million and $59 million.

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111 West 57th Street by JDS Development Group & Michael Stern

111 West 57th Street Officially Surpasses Halfway Point In Rise To 1,428′ Pinnacle

The renderings of 111 West 57th Street are becoming a reality. The luxury new development project, developed by JDS Development Group and designed by SHoP Architects, is poised to become the third-tallest skyscraper in New York City and tallest, most slender skyscraper in the world with a width to height ratio of 24:1. The tower is over halfway to its total height of 1,428 feet. The terracotta, bronze, and glass facade of 111W57 is now visible from the street as the tower continues to stake its visual claim from Central Park. For the design of the façade, SHoP Architects combined materiality and proportions of Manhattan’s most prized historic skyscrapers with intelligent design and technology. The deep profiles and pattern of the terracotta create a sweeping play of light and shadow up the east and west facades. The 82-story supertall tower rises adjacent to historic Steinway Hall, a New York City landmark, and houses sixty new condominium residences with dramatic views of Central Park and Midtown Manhattan.

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