Forging a new link with American Copper

Nick Myall
Thursday 30 Nov 2017

The first major skybridge to be built in New York City in more than 80 years has opened to the public

JDS Development Group have announced the opening of the American Copper Buildings’ unrivaled collection of amenities, including the skybridge that links the pair of copper-clad luxury rental towers on Manhattan’s East River waterfront. The American Copper Buildings features boldly unconventional architecture, such as the angled silhouettes of the towers that give them a “dancing” appearance and the signature three-story, amenities-filled skybridge, which is the first major skybridge to be built in New York City in more than 80 years.

“We’re thrilled to unveil the skybridge and the more than 60,000 square feet of amenities it offers,” said Michael Stern, Founder and Managing Partner of JDS Development Group. “The American Copper Buildings has captured the city’s attention with its dynamic architecture and redefined the East River waterfront. Now, residents can experience the development’s most extraordinary features, which are unlike anything else in the city.”

In addition to connecting the two towers, the 100-foot-long skybridge is suspended 300 feet above the ground and encompasses a full suite of amenities, including a 75-foot indoor lap pool and Whirlpool hot tub at the 28th floor and a fully furnished residents’ bar and lounge at the 29th floor. Adjacent to the skybridge is Copper Tone, the double-height fitness center managed by La Palestra featuring a rock-climbing wall and skyline views, a Turkish-style marble hammam with plunge pool, yoga and dynamic movement studios, and a private spa with treatment rooms. Amenities also include a catering kitchen, juice bar, flexible studio space and a children’s playroom. 

"JDS challenged SHoP to create a dynamic yet elegant sculptural addition to the New York City skyline," SHoP Principal Gregg Pasquarelli said. "The copper will patina over the coming decades from a shiny penny, to a warm brown, to a beautiful Statue of Liberty green. The bridge was the logical solution to create a community between the two buildings, and celebrates the project’s location between the river and the skyline. Where else in New York can you swim from one skyscraper to another three hundred feet in the air?”

Clad in 4.25 million pounds of raw copper—the inspiration for the development’s name—the 41- and 48-storey towers offer a total of 761 residences, ranging from studios to three-bedroom apartments featuring over 300 unique layouts. Each tower includes a grand lobby with 25-foot ceilings that overlooks a new landscaped park and fountain on the property. A private porte cochère provides access to secure on-site parking with valet service, and the underground parking reception offers residents a private and direct connection to the building’s lobbies. 

Inside, the residences are punctuated with large floor-to-ceiling windows that command striking views of the Empire State Building, East River and Manhattan skyline. All residences boast ceiling heights up to 9’7”, oak flooring, custom light fixtures, Bosch washers and dryers and Nest learning thermostat systems. Custom-crafted kitchens are equipped with Miele appliances and feature marble countertops and backsplashes. Bathrooms have signature “Crocodile” marble accent shower walls, antique brass detailing and full-length built-in medicine cabinets.

Nick Myall

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