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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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New York skyscrapers adapt to climate change

Much of the real estate development NYC has seen in recent years has made size its top priority, but at JDS Development Group’s American Copper Buildings, nothing is more important than safety. The dual-towered Kips Bay development has implemented features that will allow the residents of its 764 homes to continue living in comfort in the event of a natural disaster. Each residence is equipped with two outlets that will remain functional during a blackout, thanks to natural gas generators on the building’s top floor. The main electrical, ventilation, and heating systems also have added protection, courtesy of their prime location on the first floor, well above where flooding might reach them. Even the design features have been crafted to take a beating; the wood paneling that accents the lobby dries quickly and without damage following a storm.

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Roman & Williams’ The Fitzroy Rises to the Occasion and to Street Level

Just steps from the High Line, a modern icon is on the rise. On West 24th Street, The Fitzroy, a 10-story luxury residential project from JDS Development Group, has hit street level. The residential real estate developer has teamed up with Largo Investments and design firm Roman and Williams to create the 14-residence building, awash in vintage-inspired detail, from its terra-cotta exterior to interior finishes like L’Observatoire International lighting, herringbone-patterned oak floors, freestanding tubs, and copper-encased windows crafted in Italy. The Fitzroy also boasts an attended lobby, a rooftop lounge with landscaping by Evan C. Lai Landscape Design, a La Palestra-designed fitness center, a play room, and storage for everything from vintage Bordeaux to bikes.

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​​​The Hottest New Amenity Offers a Rejuvenating Swim—If You Dare, Mansion Global

When the time came to place amenity suites in the pair of towers that make up the American Copper Buildings, SHoP Architects and JDS Development Group had a novel idea: instead of one suite per building, why not find a way to combine and share their amenities? The result is the first major skybridge built in NYC in nearly 80 years; it’s filled with amenities for the American Copper Buildings, and, most impressively, you can swim across it. Residents from both towers will come to the skybridge to swim some laps, enjoy a relaxing cocktail at the lounge, or simply enjoy the breathtaking East River and Midtown Manhattan vistas afforded by the glass-encased promenade.

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