A first look inside SHoP Architects and Scape Landscape Architecture’s Skybridge, the first in New York in 80 years


Skybridges are often seen as a thing of the past – an elegant defunct of the 20th century or an Italian fantasy influenced by futurism (if the architect and urban planner Paul Rodolphe had made its way into Robert Moses New Yorkers may never have walked the streets again!). However, on Manhattan’s east side, next to Moses-designed FDR Drive, no less, a contemporary version of an oft-thought relic has risen 300 feet into the air. The three-story steel truss skybridge, which connects the east and west towers of the new luxury rental American Copper Buildings by Architects SHOPis the city’s first in 80 years, according to the developer JDS.

“The bridge was the logical solution to create a community between the two buildings and celebrates the project’s location between the river and the skyline,” said SHoP Architects Principal Gregg Pasquarelli. Clad in copper panels that will skate to the Statue of Liberty green, the Tilted Towers were redesigned after Hurricane Sandy to mitigate flooding, move mechanical floors to upper floors and create a backup power plant in the building itself. Basically, scapeThe fortified park absorbs rainwater through salt-tolerant plants and a biological swale. Above, the glass-faced bridge structure houses resident amenities, from a 75-foot-long pool to a children’s playroom, and takes advantage of skyline views to the east and west. ‘west. Pasquarelli joked, “Where else in New York can you swim from one skyscraper to another 300 feet in the air?”


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