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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

CurbedNY
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

Designboom
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.

THE HOTTEST NEW AMENITY OFFERS A REJUVENATING SWIM

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.

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THE COPPER BUILDINGS

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.

BUILDING TO THE SKY, WITH A PLAN FOR RISING WATERS

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.

FIRST LOOK: AMERICAN COPPER BUILDINGS

Surface
December 8, 2016

American Copper Buildings by JDS Development Group are raising the bar for luxury rental apartments in the Kips Bay and Murray Hill neighborhood. Designed by SHoP Architects, the dancing towers are clad in over 4 million pounds of copper, and features a dramatic canted design. American Copper houses 761 apartments with spectacular east river and Empire State views. The impressive amenities package include a 75′ lap pool, marble hammam, fitness center, juice bar, lounge, and a chef’s catering kitchen, many of which are housed in the building’s iconic multilevel skybridge.

A PENTHOUSE FOR EVERYONE: DEVELOPERS RESERVE TOP FLOORS FOR SHARED AMENITIES

The Wall Street Journal
December 4, 2015

Leading real estate developers all over the nation are allotting the highest floors of their new towers to shared amenities rather than crafting traditional and exclusive penthouse residences. JDS Development has decided to utilize the top of one of its two copper-clad residential towers at 626 First Avenue to house many of these shared luxuries. While the roof of the East tower will feature a pool and bar as well as grills and cabanas, the skybridge linking the two towers will boast an indoor lap pool, a Turkish bath, and spa rooms.

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Shop Architects Design Congruent American Copper Residential Towers In New York City

Interior Design
August 2016

The American Copper Buildings, a dynamic collaboration between JDS Development Group and SHoP Architects, are distinguished by not only the beautiful copper clad facade, but the iconic skybridge that connects the two towers. The interiors of the American Copper Buildings have finally been revealed. Every residence includes floor to ceiling windows, Miele appliances, oak floors, and high-end finishes. The development also features a luxurious amenity package including an indoor lap pool and lounge in the skybridge, a rooftop deck and infinity pool, fitness center, and Hammam.

Living Large, Mammoth Rental Buildings with hundreds of Units rise across NYC

New York Post
July 14, 2016

New York City’s residential buildings keep getting bigger and better. Since 2008, the twin tops of the 1,359 unit Silver Towers rental have made their mark on the sky above midtown and the jumbo-sized Linc LIC in Queens leased out its 709 apartments two years ago. The American Copper Buildings, which are located at 626 First Avenue in Murray Hill, will consist of 761 luxury residential units housed in two swooping towers that are linked by a skybridge.

Glyph Notes

Metropolis
July 2016

New York City’s most recent architectural renaissance is once again catering to those who enjoy it most: not tourists or historians, but those who call these dynamic buildings home. Top real estate developer JDS Development has been the driving force behind the expansion of the luxury rental market on the East Side, most recently with the SHoP Architects-designed American Copper Buildings. The 761-residence complex nestled along the edge of the East River in Kips Bay will offer 20 percent of its homes to lower-income renters.

WOULD YOU SWIM IN THIS 300-FOOT-HIGH SKYBRIDGE POOL? YES. YES. YES.

Inverse
June 30, 2016

Manhattan will soon house two new residential towers that, once complete, will blow your mind. The two luxury rental towers, which will include 761 residences, are known as the American Copper Buildings. The most notable architectural feat of the American Copper Buildings is the three-story, 100-foot long skybridge that links the two towers. But even better, this skybridge will hold a 75-foot —long pool, and that pool is suspended 300 feet in the air.

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