From a community that would double as a storm surge protector to flood-proof prefab beach buildings, NYC has been leading the charge on all sorts of new ideas that will make it “A Stronger, More Resilient New York.” The folks over at JDS Development have definitely taken notice of the times too and are reportedly contemplating storm resistance measures for their latest building project, the aptly named Dancing Towers complex located on First Avenue between 35th and 36th Streets. The SHoP Architects-designed towers broke ground last week and when complete, could be equipped with flood gates and elevated backup generators.
The Dancing Towers project has been running through a legal whack-a-mole for the better part of a decade, but more recently was hampered by flooding at the construction site during Hurricane Sandy. In an interview with the New York Times, JDS Development managing partner Michael Stern expressed his desire to move all of the mechanical elements—such as the backup generators— to the second floor of the building and also to build eight-foot floodgates. One of Stern’s more interesting ideas was to install emergency power outlets that would still work in the event of a blackout in each room.
The two SHoP Architects-designed buildings earned the name Dancing Towers for the way they bend into each other while connected by a gleaming white skybridge. SHoP Architects, who is also the project head on the Old Domino Sugar plant site as well as the newly-opened Pier 15 on the East River Waterfront Esplanade, says that the towers will contain 800 luxury units. There are also plans for high-end amenities and facilities such as an indoor lap pool, a rooftop deck with infinity pool, a fitness center, a boxing gym, a squash court, a play room, a demo kitchen, and a film screening room.
The Dancing Towers arenexpected be complete by 2016.
via Arch Paper
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