Denari Scores a First in New York’s West Village Neighborhood
Architect Neil Denari, best known for his theoretical writings and teachings as the former head of the LA based Sci-Arc, will see his first major freestanding structure rise in New York City in a red hot location next to the High Line, the elevated abandoned rail line now being transformed in to a linear, lyrical park.
The sculptural fourteen story residential tower, named HL23 after its location on West 23rd next to the High Line, will rise to a reverse taper and cantilever over the rail beds permitting breathtaking views of the High Line for its occupants. The glass and steel building will house eleven homes, including nine full floor residences, a duplex penthouse at the top of the building, and a maisonette with a private garden at the building’s base.
By strategically draping and fitting the structure’s shifting steel-framed forms with a glowing patterned steel skin, Denari both opens remarkable vistas and conceals private life all the while suggesting dramatic new directions for public architecture that is highly crafted.
The building, which is now being marketed for sale, is expected to complete construction in Spring 2009. The interiors are being designed by the Danish-born, New York based architect Thomas Juul-Hansen.
High Line Facts
Ceased use in 1980
Spans 22 blocks, from 34th Street to Gansevoort Street
1.45 miles long
6.7 acres of space atop elevated rail deck
30-60 feet wide and 18-30 feet high
Built to support 2 fully loaded freight trains
Primary construction materials: steel and reinforced concrete
Owner: The City of New York