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CTBUH reveals best tall building worldwide and winners of 2018 tall building awards

The winners for the Council on Tall Building and Urban Habitat’s Tall Building Awards are out. The CTBUH selects the best tall building from four different areas, Asia & Australasia, Middle East & Africa, Europe, and the Americas. Other awards include the Urban Habitat Award, the Construction Award, the Ten Year Award, the Innovation Award, and the Best Tall Building Worldwide Award. The American Copper Buildings in New York City took home the title for Best Tall Building Americas. The principal of SHoP architects, Greg Pasquarelli, noted that one of the firm’s favorite features of the project was indeed the skybridge, which features a lap pool, allowing residents to swim from one tower to another while enjoying city and river views. The building also incorporates many sustainable features and systems to withstand extreme weather.

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Monad Terrace at 1300 Monad Terrace

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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The Lustrous History of Steinway Hall + See Progress on its Supertall Annex, 111 West 57th

JDS Development Group and Property Market Group’s supertall tower at 111 West 57th Street will stand adjacent to Warren & Wetmore’s landmarked Steinway Hall. The developers of the skyscraper are restoring the neighboring 10-story Steinway Hall with a revival of its limestone façade. Designed in 1925, Steinway Hall carries a rich history. It begins with […]

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The tallest building in Brooklyn begins its rise to the top

Construction on 9 Dekalb, the tallest tower in Brooklyn, is about to begin. Reaching 1,066 feet, this development will throw Brooklyn into the conversation around super-tall buildings. The tower will yield 417 rental apartments, 20 percent of which will be priced below-market rate. JP Morgan Chase sold the landmarked Dime bank building, located on the site of the tower, to JDS Development Group and Chetrit Group for $90 million. The developers also bought the other property on the site, 340 Flatbush Ave. Extension, for $43 million.

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150 N Riverside beat by New York towers for best building award

The American Copper Buildings, a New York residential project designed by SHoP Architects and developed by JDS Development, won the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) award for Best Tall Buildings Americas. 150 N. Riverside in Chicago, alongside one building in Quito, Ecuador and two others in New York, were the finalists for the category. The American Copper Buildings is a uniquely shaped structure, clad in copper. The development houses over 700 residences and boasts an impressive amenity package that includes a lap pool, fitness center, spa, and lounge. After observing the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, SHoP and JDS made sure to design and build American Copper to resist flooding and other extreme weather conditions.

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New York architects ditch “default” glass facades for brick, stone and copper

When it comes to designing towers, architects in New York are moving away from using glass in favor of more solid-looking materials such as concrete, copper, and stone. Glass has dominated the skyscraper scene in New York for many years, with the World Trade Center, Times Square, and Hudson Yards, few of many examples of the lasting trend. According to John Cetra from CetraRuddy and Gregg Pasquarelli from SHoP Architects, this trend, however, is going out of style. A series of new developments and proposals show a newfound revival of traditional building materials, particularly those used in New York’s golden age during the early 20th century. While the first buildings made entirely of glass were unlike anything New Yorkers had ever seen before, architects are now becoming more conscious of how their designs fit into the immediate surroundings and city’s broader architectural history. The American Copper Buildings, designed by SHoP Architects, is one of the projects that embraces the traditional use of metal. Copper covers most of the two towers connected by a skybridge. The color of the copper façade will change from a reddish brown to a green over time, slowly aging with grace.

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Five «dancing» architecture projects that command an audience

Alongside Bjarke Ingels’ XI towers (The Eleventh) next to the High Line, and Frank Ghery’s 1996 Dancing House in the Czech Republic, The American Copper Buildings, designed by SHoP Architects, is a building that appears as if it is dancing. The pair of copper-clad skyscrapers both kink at the halfway mark and connect with one another through a skybridge that floats in the air. The two bendy towers as well as the bridge that links the two, create a unique silhouette that gives the impression that the buildings are interacting with each other.

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​Michael Stern’s JDS scores Miami’s largest condo construction loan in nearly a year​

Madison Realty Capital, a real estate investor and lender based in New York, provided a $137 construction loan for Michael Stern’s JDS Development condominium project on South Beach in Miami, Monad Terrace. Partnering with New Valley, Ackerman Development and Mink Development, JDS launched sales of the 59-unit building in February 2017. According to Stern, construction will soon go vertical with an expected completion date of fall 2019. “Large construction loans in Florida right now are few and far between and this speaks to the quality of the project and the vision of the lender,” Stern explained. Residences at Monad Terrace range from 1,500 square feet to 5,350 square feet and prices start at $1.7 million. Climbing gardens, reflecting pools, and large terraces overlooking the bay uniquely characterize the building.

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Construction on 111 West 57th Street has reached its first setback on the 45th floor. SHoP Architect’s design for the project features 12 setbacks, with a transparent glass curtain on the northern and southern facades, and terracotta cladding and bronze latticework on the eastern and western facades. The terracotta façade is installed up to the 33rd floor, and already proving to interact with the sun to create interesting shadows and reflections of light. In order to minimize the movement and vibrations of the tower, an 800-ton tuned mass damper will top off the project. The damper at 111 West 57th Street weighs the equivalent of three and a half Statues of Liberties, making its mark as the heaviest in the world. The 1,428-foot tower will house 60 condominiums, with prices ranging between $15.5 million and $59 million.

Construction on 111 West 57th Street has reached its first setback on the 45th floor. SHoP Architect’s design for the project features 12 setbacks, with a transparent glass curtain on the northern and southern facades, and terracotta cladding and bronze latticework on the eastern and western facades. The terracotta façade is installed up to the 33rd floor, and already proving to interact with the sun to create interesting shadows and reflections of light. In order to minimize the movement and vibrations of the tower, an 800-ton tuned mass damper will top off the project. The damper at 111 West 57th Street weighs the equivalent of three and a half Statues of Liberties, making its mark as the heaviest in the world. The 1,428-foot tower will house 60 condominiums, with prices ranging between $15.5 million and $59 million.

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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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