Travels with Larry: 1st Avenue, New York City

Travels with Larry: 1st Avenue, New York City
17 Nov 2015

626 First Ave, Manhattan:  A Lot of Copper Wall Cladding!

By Larry Peters, Copper Development Association Project Manager & Architectural Applications Specialist

Larry PetersThere’s a lot of inspiring copper work on Manhattan.  Perhaps eclipsing it all are two new residential towers rising just south of the United Nations along the East River at 626 1st Avenue. What’s so special about these buildings? Well, there are a lot of great things to say about the unique curvy shapes. (Designed by SHoP Architects, who have emerged as the go-to architect for innovative design on area mega projects) But it’s 626_First_Copper 004the 4 million pounds of copper covering two sides of each building that is causing my phone to ring off the hook!

According to SHoP, “The bold and iconic design of the towers brings an energetic and inspirational tone to
an area that is visually underutilized. Capitalizing on the unique location and potential of the site, the development will serve as an important inspiration for future innovative growth in its neighborhood and along the East River.”

The buildings will be 49 and 40 stories tall and contain 800 residential units. A sky bridge, featuring an indoor lap pool and lounge, connects the dancing towers. Other amenities include a rooftop deck, a fitness center and a film screening.  Look for completion in 2017.

A friend recently walked by noting current copper cladding installation on both structures, and sent me this great sidewalk image.

Looks like the building owners, JDS development, are pretty proud of their new copper covered buildings!

I can’t wait to visit the construction site myself and include additional images as copper installation continues.

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