Neil Denari’s Chroma_topia: Generally Different Towers for Shanghai research studio
This post is brought to you by UCLA Architecture and Urban Design. “Chromatopia, at first, aims to be a collective project designed by eight individuals, a collective enterprise that negotiates its individual differences within a regime of agreement. The utopic overtones (or undertones?) openly... View full entry
Our brand new interview podcast "Archinect Sessions One-to-One" premieres today! Listen to episode #1 with Neil Denari
Our new podcast, Archinect Sessions: One-to-One is an interview show, straight-up. Each episode features a single interview with a notable figure in contemporary architecture – it's that simple. Usually, One-to-One will be led by me or Paul Petrunia, while occasionally others will serve as... View full entry
On the ground: UCLA's year-end student expo, RUMBLE, includes flying robots, seceding cities and much more
The big catharsis for UCLA Architecture and Urban Design comes by way of RUMBLE, an all-school expo held at the end of the academic year, that includes student work, final reviews, program installations, and lectures. Mixing content from students, practitioners, critics and faculty, the event... View full entry
Neil M. Denari Architects Wins New Keelung Harbor Service Building
The entry by LA-based Neil M. Denari Architects has won the First Prize in the international competition for the New Harbor Service Building in Keelung, Taiwan.
UPDATE: more detailed information about this project can be seen here:ShowCase: New Keelung Harbor Service Building View full entry
Houston's Trafalgar Square? Big name architects vie to design futuristic METRO Central Station
Some of the names might already sound familiar to Houston design aficionados. Interloop principles Mark Wamble and Dawn Finley are professors at Rice. Denari received his undergraduate architecture degree from UH. Snøhetta is a finalist for the upcoming contemporary galleries at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and SHoP Architects are behind the current renovations for the Blaffer Art Museum.
Neil Denari goes full circle, returns to his roots as airline designer
As the recently passed-away Larry Totah remarked to Eric Chavkin in his review of the Ace Gallery show in LA last year, "Neil Denari is from Texas. He started out working in aeronautics; drafting, designing for airlines. That’s where the imagery comes from”. Considering this, and... View full entry
Neil Denari’s HL23 Residential Tower Rises in Chelsea - Review - NYTimes.com
But like other architects of his generation, especially those who formed many of their ideas working in Los Angeles’s sprawling suburban maze, Mr. Denari is less interested in perpetuating the myth of the open road than in mining it for new ideas. His work has more to do with exploring adolescent fantasies than with celebrating personal freedom. It suggests a longing for a world — free, open, upwardly mobile — that began to break down more than 30 years ago.
Last week was Christopher Hawthorne's turn. This week the NY Times' Nicolai Ouroussoff reviews Neil Denari's HL23. View full entry
LA Times' Christopher Hawthorne reviews Denari's HL23
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... View full entry