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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JDS, Largo land $91M construction loan for Chelsea condo development

JDS Development Group has secured a $91 million dollar loan from Madison Realty Capital for the final completion of construction at luxury condominium project The Fitzroy, located at 514 West 24th Street in Chelsea. Designed inside and out by Roman & Williams, the Fitzroy is a 10-story, 65,346-square foot boutique condominium building with fourteen residences. Construction is almost complete, with first move-ins scheduled for summer 2018.

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In Far Rockaway, new beachfront rentals offer resilient architecture, luxe design

JDS Development Group is welcoming its first residents at Saltmeadow, a luxury rental project in Far Rockaway. The 60 residences are scattered across new townhouses on Beach 5th and Beach 6th Streets on the water in two- and three-bedroom floor plans. Designed by collaborator CetraRuddy, Saltmeadow embraces resilient design to withstand flooding. Habitable spaces and electrical closets are above the ground level. The architects selected resilient materials that echo the beachfront location: bluestone, rock, quartzite, as well as cedar. Bathrooms and kitchens feature marble with a beachfront feel. Many residences offer balconies and waterfront views.

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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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Top New York apartment buildings that stand out in the crowd

The reporters at Brokers Weekly share their top picks for new residential development buildings in New York City for 2017, including the American Copper Buildings by JDS Development Group and SHoP Architects. Touted for the “Best (and only) Skybridge”, American Copper presents a duo of dynamic luxury rental towers connected by a skybridge—an altogether sleek addition to the skyline of Manhattan. The three-level skybridge houses a large portion of the building’s 60,000 square feet of amenities, including a 75-foot lap pool, hammam, and resident’s lounge. The comprehensive list of amenities is on par with offerings for a condominium building, including private spa and treatment rooms, children’s play room, catering kitchen, private event studio, landscaped park, personal training, yoga and Pilates studios, underground parking, and concierge. “This neighborhood needed a shot of adrenaline, something refreshing,” said Michael Stern, founder and managing partner of JDS Development. “We’re bringing a dynamic piece of architecture.”

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Monad Terrace on Miami Beach

Ateliers Jean Nouvel’s Monad Terrace on Miami Beach embraces stunning design ideas, from glass-rich towers with floor to ceiling windows that offer breathtaking ocean and downtown Miami views. Developed by JDS Development Group, the luxury condominium project is elevated 11.5 feet above the city’s updated flood level and embraces flood-resilient features throughout the design. Monad Terrace includes innovative climbing gardens, honeycomb glass screens, custom kitchens and baths, and strategic layouts to maximize both views and privacy. The 59 waterfront residences range from 2,027 to 13,922 square feet.

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Are Miami Beach’s Luxury Towers the Future of Climate Resilience?

In a location prone to storms and flooding, JDS Development Group’s luxury condominium project Monad Terrace in South Beach, may serve as a template for resilient design. Designed by Ateliers Jean Nouvel, Monad Terrace includes 59 residences housed within a structure lift4ed 11.5 feet above sea level to anticipate climate realities and storm surges. Glass and metal supports are strong enough to withstand a Category 5 storm. The belowground parking garage includes pumps in the event of flooding. “Every progressive architect today looks at [climate change] as an opportunity to create a statement and a solution,” says Kobi Karp, the architect of record on the project. Near the waterfront site, the sales gallery re-creates the experience of Monad Terrace through a model apartment with rich marbles, an open kitchen, and glass bedroom. Prices range from $1.7 million to $12 million dollars. Monad Terrace goes above and beyond the current, city-mandated flood fortifications, pointing to the future of climate resilience.

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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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If you party, will they come?

Groundbreakings for residential new development projects in Miami Beach have becoming increasingly important signals to buyers that a project is moving forward with construction. In October 2017, the developer of Monad Terrace—JDS Development Group—held a presentation of the 59-unit project at the sales gallery, followed by a marching band parade that led attendees towards the South Beach site, where a crane broke ground accompanied by fireworks. Monad Terrace received $62.5 million dollars in construction financing from Vanbarton Group. Designed by Ateliers Jean Nouvel, Monad Terrace presents 59 luxury waterfront condominium residences on Biscayne Bay in South Beach.

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