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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In the News: Up on the Skybridge

The American Copper Buildings’ skybridge has officially opened with a robust suite of luxury amenities on Manhattan’s East Side. Designed by SHoP Architects and developed by JDS Development Group, the 60,000-square foot, three-story skybridge links the dancing copper towers, a high-end rental project alongside the East River in Murray Hill. Inside, the skybridge houses a 75-foot lap pool, hot tub, residents’ lounge, Turkish-style marble hammam, double-height fitness center, rock wall, yoga and Pilates studios, and private treatment rooms. What’s more, the skybridge was a logical solution to create connectivity and community between the two buildings.

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Miami Marvels: Top international architects are heating up South Florida’s largest cityscape

Ateliers Jean Nouvel’s Monad Terrace in South Beach, Miami presents 59 luxury residences for sale, starting at $1.7 million. Developed by JDS Development Group, Monad Terrace features a unique sawtooth façade, water garden, or “reflection machine,” and full suite of amenities, altogether creating a unique new residential building heating up South Florida’s cityscape.

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A First Look Inside New York City’s First Skybridge in 80 Years

Rising 300 feet in the air on the East Side of Manhattan, SHoP Architects’ three-story skybridge at the American Copper Buildings harkens back to futuristic visions for New York City. Developed by JDS Development Group, the skybridge connects two luxury apartment towers. Architectural Digest gets the first look inside this dynamic space, the first skybridge built in 80 years in New York City. “The bridge was the logical solution to create a community between the two buildings,” stated Gregg Pasquarelli, principal at SHoP. “[It] celebrates the project’s location between the river and the skyline.”

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111 West 57th Street Continues Rising As Glass, Bronze, And Terracotta Begin To Glisten

JDS Development Group’s 111 West 57th Street has made substantial construction progress as the 1,428-foot tower climbs into prominence in the Midtown Manhattan skyline. The curtain wall installation is well underway and visible from the street, with glass on the north and south facades and the supertall’s signature terracotta and bronze along the east and west facades. The project will soon break through the so-called “Midtown-Plateau” to take its place as one of the tallest residential skyscrapers in New York City. Designed by SHoP Architects, the tower will be the third tallest in New York City and one of the most slender skyscrapers in the world at a width to height ration of 1:24.

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New York’s Hell’s Kitchen moves from gritty to gentry

In February 2017, one of Stella Tower’s penthouses sold for $10 million dollars, a record in the district. Developed by JDS Development Group, Stella Tower is the conversion of a telephone building by Ralph Walker—a sister project to the influential Walker Tower project in Chelsea—into 51 luxury condominiums. The sale of this penthouse reveals a growing trend in Hell’s Kitchen, where average sales prices have been up 12.8 per cent from 2016. The neighborhood is a natural home for Broadway professionals as well as drawing businessmen and women to the new housing supply.

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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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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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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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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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