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Foundation work starts for Denari building next to the High Line

February 8, 2008

Foundation work is progessing on HL23, a 14-story residential condominium building at 517 West 23rd Street that is being developed by Alf Naman and has been designed by Neil Danari.

The building is just to the east of the narrow High Line 519 residential condominium building that was designed by Lindy Roy and features cloud-shaped scrims on its balconies.

Mr. Naman is the developer also of 100 Eleventh Avenue, which is now in construction and has been designed with a curved facade of differently sized and angled windows by Jean Nouvel across 19th Street from the sail shapes of the recently completed IAC office building designed by Frank O. Gehry.

The Denari design rises from a very narrow base and cantilevers out over the High Line and has diagonal columns and stainless steel panels with some soft, almost folded, curves on its facade.

The building will have two duplexes on its bottom and top floors and 9 floor-through apartments ranging in size from about 1,900 square feet to 2,600 square feet. The penthouse unit has 3,700 square feet and a terrace.

Apartments are expected to go on sale later this month at prices ranging from about $2.65 million to $10.5 million.

Living rooms will face south and bedrooms and master baths will face north and the north and south facades have motorized window shades.

Mr. Denari is based in Los Angeles and was the director of the Southern California Institute of Architecture. He was the author of "Gyroscopic Horizons," which was the best-selling book in 1999 for the Princeton Architectural Press.

In a September 19, 2007 interview with Orhan Ayyuce at, Mr. Denari commented on "deformation" and his interest in "folds." " means to make something incorrect for the normative world....My stuff is aggressive but not in a polarizing way. It does things without shouting, but when you kind of look at it you realize something is going on spatially, appearing as something new or uncertain. One client calls it as walking around being drunk."

Marc Rosenbaum is a collaborating architect for the project and Gruzen Samton Architects are consulting architects.

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