The American Copper Buildings, photo by Max Touhey


On this Untapped Cities Insiders tour, visit the American Copper Buildings, two stunning residential towers on Manhattan’s East Side designed by SHoP Architects and developed by JDS Development Group. American Copper is the tallest copper-clad building in the world. The towers are connected by a three-story skybridge –the first major skybridge construction in New York in 80 years – that contains an indoor lap pool and lounge. This means you can literally swim from one tower to another! Clad in copper, the building will patina gracefully over time. The approximately 800-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.

This tour will be led by 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 hundred of unique layouts due to the slight askew angle of the towers.

DATE: Saturday, April 7th, 2018 from 2 PM to 4 PM

PRICE: FREE for Untapped Cities Insiders!

CAPACITY: 15 guests. Spots allocated on a first come, first served basis.

REGISTRATION: Opens Wednesday, March 28th at 12 PM EST


  • 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

HOW TO BOOK: This is a members-only tour for Untapped Cities Insiders.

If you are already an Untapped Cities Insider, log in to your account, and sign up for this tour on this page when registration opens on 3/28 at 12 PM EST.

If you are not an Untapped Cities Insider yet, join today and register for this tour on this page when tickets go live on 3/28 at 12 PM EST.

If you don’t see a “Book Now” button on this page, it means you are not logged in as an Untapped Cities Insider and/or registration has not opened yet.

Tickets are limited to one per member, unless the member is an Explorer level member and can bring a guest. Tickets are non transferable and your membership must be active when the tour takes place. Each booking will be verified to ensure each guest is a member. 

Please be courteous of your fellow Insiders – if you are no longer able to make a tour but have ticket(s), let us know at so we can release those spots to other members. We hope you are as excited as we are about this experience and hope you can join us!

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

Photo by Max Touhey.

See our full list of Untapped Cities Insiders Tours and our upcoming Public Tours.