Whitney Museum of American Art

New York, NY

Project Details

2015
220,000 sf

Architect
Renzo Piano Building Workshop in collaboration with Cooper Robertson & Partners

Professional images ©Nic Lehoux

The Whitney Museum of American Art moved to its Marcel Breuer-designed home in 1966, when its collection numbered some 2,000 pieces. Today, its collection contains more than 21,000 modern and contemporary works. To better showcase this important collection of American art and to provide additional programming space, the museum commissioned a new building, located at the base of the High Line in Manhattan’s dynamic meat-packing district.

The asymmetrical 9-story building features tiers of terraces and glazed walkways that step down to the High Line. Cantilevering dramatically over a public plaza, its set-back entrance opens into a nearly 10,000 sf lobby that will also include a free-entry exhibition space. A theater, office and support spaces, and expansive new galleries – one of which, an 18,000 sf column-free gallery, will be the largest open-plan museum gallery in New York City – are located on the floors above. At the top floor, the “studio” gallery and a café are naturally lit by a sawtooth skylight system. The new museum building will provide over 50,000 sf of indoor gallery space and nearly 13,000 sf of outdoor gallery space for the museum.

Categories: Museums, New Construction