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12 NEWS BRIDGING THE GAP Link for copper towers opens in New York


A skybridge linking two copper-clad towers on New York City’s East River has been opened to the public. The tower duo, simply titled American Copper Buildings, are part of a series of projects resulting from collaboration between SHoP Architects and JDS Development Group.


According to the developers, the announcement marks the first construction of a major skybridge in Manhattan for over 80 years.


A total of 4.25 million pounds of raw


copper was used on the buildings’ facades, to provide a “warm exterior aesthetic”, which will patina over time to mimic the Statue of Liberty’s turquoise blue. The angular form of the towers, standing at 41 and 48 storeys high, has been described as “unconventional” by commentators.


Aside from serving as a juncture between the two buildings, the 100 ft long, three- storey linking bridge includes more than 60,000 ft2


of amenities, including a 75 ft


long pool on the 28th floor and a resident’s bar and lounge on the 29th floor, all suspended 300 feet overground. SHoP Architects principal Gregg Pasquarelli described the bridge as “the logical solution to create a community between the two buildings”, claiming that it


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“celebrates the project’s location between the river and the skyline.”


Residences take advantage of high


RIBA International long list announced BEST BUILDINGS


The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has announced the RIBA International List 2018, a new biennial selection of the world’s best new buildings.


The list of projects has been selected from entries to what’s claimed as the “world’s most prestigious award for architecture”, the 2018 RIBA International Prize, the winner of which will be announced in December 2018. From a chapel wrapped within a forest


canopy (Sayama Forest Chapel, Japan) to the renovation of a grain factory into a


new contemporary art museum (Zeitz MOCAA, Africa), from a UNESCO World Heritage Site (Wadden Sea Centre, Denmark, featured in ADF, May 2017) to a post-earthquake reconstruction project (Guangming Village, China), the RIBA International List 2018 features 62 build- ings from more than 28 countries. Speaking about the RIBA International


List 2018, RIBA president, Ben Derbyshire said that the RIBA International List 2018 “shines a light on the world’s best new buildings and most impressive architectural talent.”


“Most importantly,” Derbyshire continued, “this significant selection of 62 projects illustrates the meaningful impact and transformative quality that well-designed buildings can have on communities, wherever they are in the world.”


The Grand Jury, consisting of Joshua Bolchover, co-founding director of Rural Urban Framework and Wayne McGregor CBE, choreographer and lay juror, and led by world-renowned architect, Elizabeth Diller, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, will select the winner.


ceilings and floor to ceiling windows framing the city skyline and neighbouring East River.


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