American Copper Buildings

JDS Development Group has re-branded its twin residential rental towers at 626 First Avenue on the East River waterfront in Manhattan. Designed by SHoP Architects, the towers will now be known as the American Copper Buildings. The change came alongside an event to unveil the skybridge, which connects the sloping 41 and 49-story towers with amenities such as an indoor lap pool and residents' lounge. Structure for the bridge has been completed with cladding yet to come.

Curtain wall installation continues for the project's signature copper cladding on the north and south facades, with only a few floors left to be enclosed on either tower. The east and west facades feature a glass curtain wall that allows for expansive views of the East River waterfront and the Midtown skyline.

Construction is slated to wrap up on both towers by 2017.

Double height amenity space.

Inside the top level of the skybridge.

Close-up of the copper and glass north facade.

A view of the Empire State Building and the copper facade from the skybridge.

Close-up of the south copper and glass facade.

East facade of the skybridge under construction.

Skybridge structure.

Skybridge structure detail.

View of the Queens waterfront and Roosevelt Island from the skybridge.

Architects: SHoP Architects; Developer: JDS Development Group; Program: Residential, Retail, Park; Location: Murray Hill, New York, NY; Completion: 2017.