SHoP’s East River Towers Named American Copper Buildings; Go Inside Their Skybridge

Posted On Wed, April 20, 2016 By

Posted On Wed, April 20, 2016 By In Architecture, Murray Hill, New Developments, Rentals, Starchitecture

We’ve been referring to SHoP Architects‘ pair of East River rental buildings at 626 First Avenue as the “dancing towers,” but now that they’ve shimmied up to their full 470- and 540-foot heights, they’ve been officially named with a more mature moniker, the American Copper Buildings. First reported by Curbed, the title is “a nod to the 5,000 metal panels that make up the facade,” which weigh in at a whopping 2,100 tons. In addition, developer JDS has released a teaser site and a fresh set of renderings that finally show the interior of the three-story, amenity-filled skybridge.

626 First Avenue, JDS Development, SHoP Architects, East River development

626 First Avenue, JDS Development, SHoP Architects, East River development

626 First Avenue, JDS Development, SHoP Architects, East River development

Three-hundred feet above street level, at the 27th and 28th floors, the towers will be united by a diagonal skybridge, the highest such structure in the city. In the renderings above, we get a closer look at how the bridge will be topped with private terraces. Inside will be three floors of amenities, including a spectacular lap pool and a residents’ lounge.

626 First Avenue, JDS Development, SHoP Architects, East River development

626 First Avenue, JDS Development, SHoP Architects, East River development

626 First Avenue, JDS Development, SHoP Architects, East River development

Other amenities will include two levels of underground parking, a rooftop deck with an infinity-edge pool, fitness center, boxing gym, squash court, children’s playroom, screening room, demo kitchen and dining area, and the recently-unveiled “marble Hammam with plunge pool.”

626 First Avneue, JDS Development, SHoP Architects, East River development

626 First Avneue, JDS Development, SHoP Architects, East River development
Construction photo as of March 2016, via R. Douglas/Tectonic

The project will offer 761 rental units, 20 percent of which will be earmarked for low-income households. The development is slated for completion early next year. Find future listings for 626 First Avenue on CityRealty.

[Via Curbed]

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All renderings via MARCH

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