The American Copper Buildings, a pair of conjoined skyscrapers designed by SHoP Architects on Manhattan’s East Side, hold two impressive records. First, they are the tallest copper-clad buildings in the world. The shiny copper finish will turn to a green patina over time, just like the Statue of Liberty. The next record they hold has to do with how they are attached to each other. The two luxury residential towers are connected by a three-story skybridge, the first major skybridge built in New York in over eighty years. Inside there is a lounge and lap pool, which means you could literally swim from one building to another. If you are an Untapped Cities Insider, you can join us for a free tour of the American Copper Buildings, including a visit to the skybridge! This tour will be led by Ayumi Sugiyama, Director of Cultural Projects at SHoP and lead architect on the American Copper Buildings. Not an Insider yet? Become a member today to gain free access to behind-the-scenes tours and special events all year long!

DATE: Monday, October 14th, 2019, 5:00PM – 6:00PM

PRICE: FREE for Untapped Cities Insiders!

CAPACITY: 20 guests. Spots allocated on a first come, first served basis.

REGISTRATION: Opens Monday, September 30th, 2019 at 12 PM EST. This tour is sold out:

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Inside the skybridge of the American Copper Buildings. Photo by Max Touhey


  • Step inside the American Copper Buildings, one of the most innovative new developments on Manhattan’s East Side designed by SHoP Architects
  • Visit the skybridge, lobby, and model units
  • Learn about project and the unique architecture of the buildings from Ayumi Sugiyama, Director of​ Cultural Projects at SHoP and lead architect on the American Copper Buildings

On this tour, guests will learn about the innovative architecture of the American Copper Buildings and the redevelopment of a previously underutilized industrial site. Guests will visit the skybridge, the lobby, and see model apartment units – of which there are hundreds of unique layouts due to the slightly askew angle of the towers.

The 761-unit luxury rental community reaches 41 and 48 stories in height, with the iconic sky bridge connecting the two towers. Apartments offer sweeping views of the Empire State Building, East River and the Manhattan skyline, as well as custom finishes and materials hand-selected by SHoP and 60,000 square feet of lifestyle amenities that offer a condominium-level residential experience.

Photo by Max Touhey.

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