Wednesday, 4 August 2021


Huddled together on the edge of the East River across from mid-town are the American Copper Buildings. 

It was an exciting photograph taken by my NY correspondent that prompted this drawing. 


And like all tall buildings of note in the city it has a unique tale. As the web site proclaims 

“The penthouses, exclusive and intimate, are designed to absolute perfection. Floor-to-ceiling windows, paired with custom features, create a castle in the clouds and make these dreamhouses unlike any other”. 

There are 761 of these little beauties. And 20% of the units are designated affordable

Like a nice lobby? Each tower has one with a 25-foot ceiling.


Work started on the site in 2014, copper being stuck to the north and south façades. east and west façades are tip to toe glass. Completed in 2016 the buildings are designed to ‘dance’* with each other. 

They are connected by a bridge 100 in length which includes a pool of course. If you prefer you can swim outdoors on the top of the east tower.’


The whole thing is just so exciting to gaze upon and little wonder they won Best Tall Building – Americas, 2018, awarded by the Council for Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat Tall Buildings Awards. 


You can rent one  from £4000 to around £15,000 per month which seems reasonable for a ‘castle in the clouds’.


*According to The Real Deal a trade publication which styles itself as the premier real estate news outlet in the US

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