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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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Miami’s luxury towers rising up against climate change

Although construction of Monad Terrace has only just begun, the sales gallery for the 59-unit Miami Beach luxury condominium is now in full operation. Located on the ground floor of an office building not far from the new development’s construction site, the sales gallery consists of a model residence to give buyers a feel for what an apartment at Monad Terrace would look like. Monad Terrace is thoughtfully designed for resilience. The parking garage, placed on the ground level, allows the structure’s living spaces to rise above levels previously impacted by some of the most destructive storm surges. The glass and metal supports are also strong enough to withstand a Category 5 hurricane, and in the case that the garage does flood, pumps will remove the water. With the increasing threat of floods due to climate change, the Miami metropolitan area is in need of solutions. Monad Terrace, with its resilient structure, will set the example for future climate resilient buildings.

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Miami Beach luxury towers aim to be the future of climate resilience

The sales gallery for Monad Terrace, a 59-unit luxury condo in Miami Beach, is now in full operation. To get an idea of what it would be like to live in one of Monad’s luxury residences, potential buyers can tour the sales gallery that showcases a model apartment. As Kobi Karp, the architect on-record, explains, Monad Terrace is a structure designed for resilience. The parking garage, placed on the ground level, allows the lobby and thus the living spaces to rise 11.5 feet above sea level. In addition to this, the glass and metal are strong enough to withstand a Category 5 storm, and in the case that it does flood, the garage has pumps to remove any water. Urban reservoirs, modifications to older buildings, raising residential homes, and watertight envelopes are all other methods that increase resilience. Although it seems that the design for Monad Terrace is excessively precautious, it is probable that similar storm proof towers will become the norm in 30 to 40 years.

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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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