For all its dynamism, precision and intelligence, there has always been something a bit antiseptic about Denari's work, as if it were hermetically sealed against emotion as well as imperfection. The New York building, with its fluid, digitally derived profile and facade of glass and panels of embossed stainless steel, won't dramatically change that impression. Its design personality is closer to robotic than balletic. — Christopher Hawthorne, Los Angeles Times
As previously mentioned on Archinect here in 2008 and here in 2011. The 156 feet-high, 39,200 square-foot building officially opens in June. Perched next to and on top of the High Line, the 12-unit building is rumored to be selling for as much as $2,600 a square foot according to Curbed. The might-be-LEED-Gold building is located at 517 West 23rd Street, New York, New York.
Luckily for us, the Denari-designed building opened its doors to LA Times' reporter Christopher Hawthorne. "... shows how much Denari has learned from those periods of immersion in Japanese culture, particularly when it comes to the ability of Tokyo architects to shoehorn ambitious buildings into small and highly restricted spaces. (Its robotic quality too seems somehow Japanese, a kind of half-imposing, half-childlike "Transformers" spirit channeled into architecture.) Denari, in fact, calls HL23's location a highly "Tokyo-ized" site, squeezed not just by the Manhattan grid but by a long list of other constraints," quips Hawthorne.
Tokyo-ized Transformers, indeed.