View of Wilshire Blvd. facade
Courtesy NMDA View of Wilshire Blvd. facade

Proving his adeptness with “design at all scales” (his eponymous firm’s mantra), Neil M. Denari, AIA, has recently begun design for a three-story office building in Beverly Hills, Calif. The 15,500-square-foot site hosts two floors of offices cantilevering over the first floor’s side lobby entrance—which has a shaped exterior soffit that connects to the Wilshire Boulevard front façade. The cantilever results from a volumetric shift of the top two floors of 9000 Wilshire away from the neighboring building; this shift also allows for a small second-floor terrace between the structures. The building is wrapped in alternating bands of black stainless steel and low-iron glazing. NMDA “developed beveled spandrel panels that create stacked-floor ‘modules’ as a way to subtly, yet effectively, modify the prismatic nature of the building,” says Denari, a 2011 AIA Los Angeles Gold Medal winner. Parking, always an issue in L.A., will be accommodated by an automated system occupying three levels below grade. NMDA aims to achieve a minimum of LEED Gold certification, and a 2014 opening.