Exploring American Copper Buildings’ Three-Story Skybridge

Cool Hunting
February 2, 2018

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 apartment 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.

NYC’s best new architecture of 2017, from Cornell Tech to American Copper Buildings

Curbed NY
December 14th, 2017

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 luxury rental 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.”

On the Waterfront: The Architecture Reshaping the Face of the East River

Commercial Observer
November 9th, 2017

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 rental building 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.

5 Years After Sandy, New York Rebuilds with the Next Floor in Mind

October 28th, 2017

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 rental 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 luxury 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.


18 Picturesque Properties Worth of Instagram Likes

July 31st, 2017

The most arresting images on Instagram are sometimes snapped close to home—literally. Manhattan’s new luxury residential development, the American Copper Buildings from JDS Development Group, offers eager smartphone photographers ample opportunity to capture moments of architectural splendor and jaw-dropping design. The copper-clad property’s unique, three-story skybridge, which connects the two buildings and houses many of their shared amenities, is a light-filled sanctuary where residents can swim in a 75-foot lap pool suspended 300 feet off the ground. With tall, dramatic windows, a sumptuous interior, and expansive views of the East River, this sky-level perch between the two American Copper Buildings is as picturesque as they come.

SHoP’s (Expanding) House

The Real Deal
June 1st, 2017

Since their show-stopping design for the Barclays Center turned an international design spotlight on SHoP Architects in 2013, the firm has been creating a range of innovative new residential projects in New York, including several major projects for JDS Development Group. JDS founder Michael Stern reached out to the SHoP team in 2013, noting with admiration that he had wanted to “meet the lunatics” who had designed Barclays. He was especially impressed that for a project under a great deal of scrutiny, and with complex politics involved, SHoP had made bold aesthetic choices rather than playing it safe. Four years later, JDS and SHoP have undertaken several high-profile projects together, including the ultratall 111 West 57th Street, which combines the landmarked Steinway Building with a sleek new tower clad in light-colored ceramics and brass. On the East River Waterfront, the firms have collaborated on the eye-catching American Copper Buildings at 626 First Avenue. And in another collaboration that deftly weaves a historic building into a new project, the luxury apartments at 9 DeKalb Avenue, which sit adjacent to the landmarked Dime Savings Bank, will soon be in Brooklyn’s tallest residential tower.

The Two-Minute Commute

The New York Times
September 14, 2017

Dr. Robert J. Cerfolio is all about efficiency. So when Dr. Cerfolio, a surgeon, planned his move to New York, he told his real-estate agent he needed to be within walking distance — preferably no more than four blocks — of his workplace, NYU Langone Health. Dr. Cerfolio, often called Cerf, was coming from Birmingham, Ala., where he had been chief of thoracic surgery at the University of Alabama Hospital.

Inside the American Copper Buildings, Kips Bay’s transformative new rental

June 20, 2017

From the beginning, the American Copper Buildings have been sold as edgy, both literally—thanks to the buildings distinctive angular architecture—and figuratively. When the vision for the former mud pit was first unveiled in August of 2013, former SHoP Architects principal Vishaan Chakrabarti told the New York Times that the buildings “dance with each other, not like Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire, but like Shawn [Carter] and Beyoncé.”


SHoP Architects Completes Conjoined American Copper Buildings in New York

April 14, 2017

Along Manhattan’s east river waterfront, SHoP architects has completed an angled pair of copper-clad towers linked by a three-story skybridge. known as the ‘american copper buildings’, the two structures — standing at 41 and 48 stories — contain a total of 761 luxury rental residences. located at 626 first avenue, the development has now opened its leasing office and is currently welcoming its first residents.


Mansion Global
March 22, 2017

The first major skybridge built in New York in nearly 80 years is the one that connects the East and West Tower of the American Copper Buildings, a new residential community by the East River. Packed with amenities such as a fitness center, Hammam, juice bar, lap pool, and resident lounge, the skybridge will offer residents the ultimate lifestyle package.


Architect’s Guide to Glass and Metal
February, 2017

JDS Development Group and SHoP Architects have collaborated to bring one of the most exciting and innovative new residential developments in Manhattan. The buildings’ silhouette bends away from each other like two dancers in the middle of a twirl. These two striking towers are connected by an impressive three-story skybridge that houses exceptional amenities for residents, including a lap pool, fitness center, spa, and lounge.


The New York Times
January 26, 2016

The American Copper Buildings, by JDS Development Group and  SHoP Architects, perfectly balance style and resilience, reflected in their structure that is designed to resist extreme weather conditions. The towers are equipped with numerous safety precautions that will enable residents to continue their day to day activities in the event of severe weather. The buildings’ generators will allow elevators and water pumps to stay operational, maintain lighting in shared areas, and allow the refrigerator and one outlet in each residence to function. Additional safety measures include, sub-basement drainage systems, stone walls that are water-repellent, and mechanical equipment housed above flood level.