An icon in the making, the American Copper Buildings in New York City’s Midtown neighborhood have been designed inside and out by SHoP Architects with a sharp attention-to-detail and commitment to creating a sense of relaxed luxury on New York’s East River edge.
After several design plans, SHoP Architects created a 825,000 square foot winner—dual copper-clad residential towers that feature the first major skybridge in New York in 80 years. Accomplishing this design feat, including an indoor 75-foot lap pool, lounge, bar, catering kitchen, juice bar, playroom, and an open studio—all part of the three-story skybridge—took close and careful collaboration with JDS Development Group to bring the designs from the abstract to the concrete. Each tower has over 300 matchless residential layouts with views of the Empire State Building, the Manhattan Skyline, and its neighboring East River.
Two palatial lobbies with 25-foot high ceilings lead to a SCAPE Landscape Architecture-designed garden park and fountain, while a porte cochère gives way to an on-site valet parking service. Once inside, residents can enjoy a rooftop infinity pool, Turkish-style hammam, and a double-height fitness center with climbing wall. For the individual living spaces, SHoP Architects outfitted interiors with floor-to-ceiling windows with custom shades, private terraces in select residences, and custom-designed oak floors, lighting and full kitchens.
It’s safe to say that the American Copper Buildings are one of the most exciting architecture and interior projects in the zeitgeist right now. SHoP Architects’ Gregg Pasquarelli explains about the sheer excitement surrounding this monumental project that, “it can be built, and it’s iconic, it’s good business, and it’s smart.”
All renderings courtesy of MARCH.
Project Team: JDS Development Group: Developer. SHoP Architects: Architect and Interior Designer. SCAPE Landscape Architecture: Landscape Designer. JDS Construction Group: Construction Manager. WSP; Parsons Brinckerhoff: Structural Engineer.