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Professor Neil Denari Releases Revised Renderings for West Hollywood Hotel

Neil M. Denari Architects (NMDA) has unveiled new renderings for its 1040 La Brea hotel project in West Hollywood, California. The latest images come as the project team attempts to move through the design review process and were made in response to design critiques at a previous review session.

The fundamentals of the project remain the same. The 110-foot-tall building will contain 90 hotel units and eight apartments, with a collection of retail spaces and a new porte cochere occupying the ground floor along an alleyway. The nine-story “L”-shaped block features softly-curved geometries, including along its faceted corners and set-back faces. The structure’s four-story podium is topped by an amenity deck that is overlooked by the hotel rooms and apartments.

Design changes include condensing and moving automobile access for the project away from busy La Brea and into the alley in order to improve the pedestrian experience along the street. The building has also changed color. The previous project was wrapped in nearly-black metal panels; These elements have been lightened in the new renderings. The mass of the building has also changed, with the latest version showing a series of inset loggia spaces overlooking the alley.

Wehoville reports that Gwynne Pugh, a contract design consultant for the city of West Hollywood and principal at Gwynne Pugh Urban Studio, gave the revised proposal high marks in a report he presented in review of the project. Pugh’s report reads: “This is a very elegant and sophisticated building well-thought-out. The issues of previous concern have largely been addressed.”

The project is up for review once again on Thursday evening. A timeline for the construction of the project has not been announced."— Antonio Pacheco, May 11, 2018

This post is an excerpt, read the full article on the The Architect's Newspaper website.

Professor Neil Denari is principal of Neil M. Denari Architects Inc. (NMDA). In 2015, he was elected to The College of Fellows of AIA. His work has been included in many exhibitions, including the solo show “The Artless Drawing” in 2010 at Ace Gallery LA and the 2013 group show New Sculpturalism at MOCA Los Angeles. He is the author of Interrupted Projections (1996), Gyroscopic Horizons (1999), and Mass X (2016) and his work is permanently held by eight major museums around the world. With NMDA, Denari works on building projects in North America, Europe and Asia and he has been a Visiting Professor at Harvard, Princeton, Columbia, and UC Berkeley among other schools and was the Director of SCI-Arc from 1997-2002. NMDA has recently released updated renderings for its 1040 La Brea hotel project in West Hollywood.

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