NYC real estate loves old tricks for new homes

Expert woodworkers, stained glass artisans, and marble carvers are as busy as ever in New York City, thanks to the robust demand for the restoration of historic architectural details in the city’s housing stock. In 1965, right around the time that buyers began renovating brownstones in Brooklyn and Manhattan, the Landmarks Preservation Commission was established, ensuring that historic neighborhoods would retain much of their original character. Developers, for their part, have found ingenious ways to combine preservation projects with new buildings, sometimes within a single complex construction initiative. At 111 West 57th Street, JDS Development is restoring the landmarked lobby of the Steinway Building, while a new, ultraslim tower housing 60 luxury Midtown residences will rise above it. And at JDS’s nearby Stella Tower on West 50th Street, eight craftsmen worked to restore the geometric “crown” that sits atop the classic art deco building. According to Marci Clark, JDS’s architectural historian, the benefits are twofold: “We want to make a building shine to its best possible capacity,” she says. “Not only to provide a premier living experience for residents, but also for New Yorkers to enjoy as they walk past.”

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SHoP’s American Copper Buildings bring leisure and luxury to Manhattan

With the first residents moving into their new apartments, American Copper Buildings are finally opening their doors to an admiring public. The copper-clad dancing towers have already made a bold statement along Manhattan’s East River waterfront, and, with amenities that include a double-height fitness center, a rooftop infinity pool, and a lap pool along the skybridge itself, what’s inside is just as groundbreaking as the exterior. JDS Development Group, the residential real estate developer behind American Coppery Buildings, worked with SHoP Architects to create a living space that combined luxury and leisure, ensuring that residents are provided with the perfect place to unwind at the end of a long day.

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“Dancing” Copper Towers Offer Luxury and Peace of Mind

The new American Copper Buildings, built by JDS Development Group and designed by SHoP’s Architects, stand out even in a city full of tall skyscrapers. These “dancing” towers, with a distinctive angled design meant to maximize views of a nearby landscaped park and fountain, as well as the waterfront, are now welcoming new residents to their 761 luxury apartments. As time passes and the metal oxidizes, the 4.25 million pounds of copper that clad the buildings’ exteriors will slowly acquire a green patina. The American Copper Buildings, which top out at 41 and 48 stories respectively, were built with the memory of Hurricane Sandy very much in mind, and many of their features are designed to protect residents from flooding. Gas-powered generators will supply enough electricity for residents to power their electronics and run their refrigerators for up to a week following a major power outage. Heating and cooling systems are housed far above the legal minimum height to mitigate the risk of flood damage. In addition, residents will enjoy access to a suite of amenities, including a unique three-story skybridge, which connects the two towers and houses a lap pool, Turkish-style hammam, and bar and lounge, as well as a fitness center with its own climbing wall and an infinity-edge pool with an outdoor shower. Apartments in the American Copper Buildings range from studios to three bedrooms.

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The High Life

The New York City real estate market may be experiencing a cooling-off period, but a slate of exceptional new luxury developments and boutique properties are keeping the city’s enviable perch in the real estate pantheon intact. For those who wish to live near the United Nations in Kips Bay, the new luxury rentals at the American Copper Buildings, built by JDS Development, offer both proximity to the UN and a host of jaw-dropping amenities. Residents can enjoy the development’s 60,000 square feet of amenities space, which includes a three-story skybridge that connects the two towers and contains a 75-foot indoor lap pool, a Turkish-inspired marble hammam, a climbing wall, and a juice bar.

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Monad Terrace at 1300 Monad Terrace

The Vertical Gardens of Jean Nouvel

For French architect and Pritzker Prize laureate Jean Nouvel, nature and the built environment go together. For his new project, Monad Terrace, which is taking shape on Biscayne Bay in Miami Beach, Nouvel designed a curtain wall of lush vegetation. The structure of the building often seems to flow and “disappear into nature,” according to Simon Koster, an engineer and principal with JDS Development Group, which is building Monad Terrace. Nouvel’s work with “living facades,” or green walls, began with a project he completed for the Cartier Foundation for Contemporary Art in 1998, and he’s found new ways to incorporate vertical gardens in subsequent projects across the world, from Australia to Paris. At Monad Terrace, the plants almost act as living curtains, framing the view of the bay from behind a window. “The foreground and the background are created not by me,” Nouvel says, “but by nature itself.”

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American Copper Buildings Begin to Welcome First Residents

The instantly recognizable new structures that are taking shape along the East River are the American Copper Buildings, two curving towers clad in 4.25 million pounds of raw copper, built by JDS Development and designed by SHoP Architects. The towers are home to 761 luxury residences, and their unique design offers both architectural interest and an impressive array of amenities. A three-story skybridge connects the two towers and sits suspended 300 feet in air. Inside, a lap pool, fitness center, and lounge welcome residents of both buildings to their distinctive shared space.

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Kips Bay’s American Copper Buildings officially hit the rental market from $3,200/month

About one month after a soft launch, the first residents of the Kips Bay luxury apartments at the American Copper Buildings are moving in, and the development has officially begun leasing. Built by JDS Development and designed by SHoP Architects, the buildings’ 761 apartments span the two connected towers, which rise to 41 and 48 stories. The available apartments range from studios to two bedrooms, with three-bedroom residences yet to come online. Each is finished with oak flooring and marble countertops, Bosch and Miele appliances, and antique brass details in the bathrooms. The impressive suite of amenities includes the three-story skybridge that links the two towers and houses the 75-foot indoor lap pool, hot tub, and lounge. The Copper Tone fitness center by La Palestra is also situated on the skybridge, where it offers its own climbing wall, marble hammam, plunge pool, and yoga studio.

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Dive Into New York City’s Best Indoor Pools That Are Architecturally Cool

While New York City is famous for its landmarks, shops, and parks, swimming pools are not among its signature attractions. But that’s changing, thanks to of one of the city’s most distinctive new luxury residential developments, the American Copper Buildings on Manhattan’s East River. The two curved towers are connected by a unique, amenity-packed skybridge. Residents can actually swim from one tower to the other across the 75-foot lap pool, which affords panoramic city views via huge glass walls.

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American Copper Completes

The American Copper Buildings, designed by SHoP Architects and built by JDS Development Group, are cutting an impressive figure along the East River waterfront. The recently completed pair of “dancing” towers, which are angled to give them the appearance of dynamic movement, are welcoming their first residents. From the 4.25 million pounds of raw copper that clad their exteriors to the three-story skybridge that connects the towers, this project offers numerous features that set it apart from other luxury rentals in New York City. The 761 residences range from studios to three-bedroom apartments, and each of them features Bosch and Miele appliances, custom lighting fixtures, and oak floors, as well as expansive views of the Empire State Building and the East River. Residents also enjoy access to the amenities housed in the skybridge, which include a 75-ft indoor lap pool, a hot tub, a bar and lounge, a La Palestra fitness center, and a Turkish-style marble hammam. Michael Stern, founder and managing partner of JDS Development, notes that “[t]he project is a marvel, from its design to its engineering and construction.

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SHoP Completes “Dancing” Copper-clad Luxury Apartment Towers in New York

SHoP Architects has just completed a pair of residential skyscrapers, one standing 41 stories and the other standing 48 stories; clad in copper and bent in a striking silhouette, they are connected by an innovative skybridge perched over 90 meters above the ground. The American Copper Buildings on Manhattan’s East River waterfront, built by JDS Development Group, house 761 luxury rental apartments ranging from studios to three-bedroom residences. Their unique three-story skybridge features shared amenities, which include a lap pool, a Turkish-style marble hammam with a plunge pool, a bar and lounge with a catering kitchen, a fitness center, and a playroom for children. Of the buildings’ eye-catching façades, Gregg Pasquarelli, a SHoP cofounder, said that the use of copper was inspired by an iconic New York City landmark. “It started as a shiny penny,” he explained, referring to the copper’s initial installation, “and it’s already turned to a rich brown colour. Over the coming decades, the buildings will turn green like the Statue of Liberty.”

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