Shop Architects American Copper Buildings New York

SHoP Architects,

Max Touhey,

New York, USA,

Skyscraper, Apartment, Residences,

copper, Glass,


The Shop Architects studio is the subject of a new event, The Architects Series, that The Plan has curated for SpazioFMGperl'Architettura. The American Copper Buildings are one of the studio's most recent projects. Voted Best Tall Building Americas 2018 by CTBUH, the complex has transformed the skyline of the East River of Manhattan, offering a new observation point of the city: a three-floor skybridge.

Shop Architects American Copper Buildings New York

A new event will open on 13th June at 6.30 pm at SpazioFMGperl'Architettura the fourth of 2019 in The Architects Series curated by the magazine The Plan for the exhibition gallery of the Iris Ceramica and FMG Fabrica Marmi e Graniti brands of the Iris Ceramica Group. The protagonist of this new documentary film is the SHoP Architects studio and the guest for the evening will be co-founder Corie Sharples, who will hold a short talk entitled "workSHoP” to present the studio's work.
Shop Architects has its headquarters in New York, in the Lower Manhattan area where there are the most skyscrapers in the city and the most important financial centre. The architects' studio was founded in 1996 and has four partners: Christopher Sharples, Corie Sharples, Gregg Pasquarelli and William Sharples; with around 180 staff. It is a multi-disciplinary team that has created architecture on five continents and on various scales, but with the same aim: improving the quality of public life, “challenging the process of classic construction and demonstrating how beauty and technology are not mutually exclusive” (The Plan).

The American Copper Buildings voted Best Tall Building Americas in 2018 from CTBUH are two skyscrapers, two towers covered in copper and joined by a skybridge entirely in glass. The general proportions of the two towers recall the nearby Palace of the United Nations, but bring a certain dynamism to the whole, in fact they seem to be dancing, bending slightly towards each other at the centre, in correspondence with the panoramic bridge that connects them. The complex has transformed the skyline of the East River in Manhattan, becoming a new and important landmark and also offering an unusual observation point of the city, suspended in the air 100 m above ground. The glass bridge that joins the two buildings develops over three floors, making it the highest skybridge in Manhattan. Inside an Olympic–sized swimming pool, a lounge and other shared services for the 761 residential units spread between the two buildings.
The complex is named after its copper covering. The architects have chosen an unusual material for a skyscraper and the American Cooper Buildings are the highest copper–covered buildings in the world.
The SHoP Architects studio has also created the interior design of the residential units, as well as the entrance hall and public areas. The work was carried out down to the smallest detail and the architects have designed furniture and fixtures for the various spaces. There are 761 apartments in the two towers. On the roof of the east tower is a second swimming pool, while the west tower has an emergency generator to produce electricity. The complex has been designed to have a good level of energy self–sufficiency and to prevent blackouts like those in 2012, after Hurricane Sandy.

(Agnese Bifulco)

Images courtesy of CTBUH, photo by Max Touhey, Pavel Bendov
Images courtesy of SpazioFMGperl'Architettura

Architects: Shop Architects www.shoparc.com
Location 626 1st Avenue, New York, NY, United States
Category Apartments
Project Year 2017-2018
Developer: JDS Development Group, New York (USA)
Structural WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff
Metal Manufacturer: Elicc Americas Corporation, Escondido (USA)
Civil AKRF Lighting
Consultant BuroHappold
Façade BuroHappold
Insulating Glass Manufacturer: Glas Trösch, Bützberg (CH)
Glass Structure: LSG Coatings: Glas Trösch, Bützberg (CH)
Acoustical Engineer Cerami & Associates, Inc.
Landscape Architect SCAPE
Geotechnical RA Consultants LLC
Code Consultant CCI
Pool Design Trace Pool Design, a Division of Lothrop Associates LLP
Vertical Transport VDA