construction on new whitney museum by renzo piano nears completion
 
construction on new whitney museum by renzo piano nears completion construction on new whitney museum by renzo piano nears completion
aug 20, 2014

construction on new whitney museum by renzo piano nears completion

construction on new whitney museum by renzo piano nears completion
photo by timothy schenck
all images courtesy of whitney museum of american art

 

 

 

the whitney museum of american art‘s new building has taken full form, in a stepped motion adjacent to the highline’s southern entrance in new york city’s meatpacking district. designed by italian architect renzo piano, the project began in 2007, and is nearing its planned opening date in the spring of 2015. located on manhattan’s western edge adjacent to the hudson river, the facility will greatly increase the institution’s exhibition and programming space, allowing for it to accommodate its massive collection of modern and contemporary pieces.

 

architect renzo piano discusses the new museum building for the video series, whitney stories
video courtesy of whitney museum of american art

 

 

 

the new museum building houses approximately 50,000 square feet of indoor gallery space, as well as 13,000 square feet of outdoor exhibit area and terraces facing toward the highline and manhattan’s interior. the design boasts the largest column-free display space in new york city, with an 18,000 room enabling special exhibitions.

 

for more info on the whitney’s new building, see designboom’s previous coverage here.

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a view from the city’s popular elevated park, the highline
photo by timothy schenck

renzo piano whitney museum construction designboom

the structure is expressed from its neighbors with an irregular composition
photos by timothy schenck

renzo piano whitney museum construction designboom

east facing terraces face toward the center of manhattan
photos by timothy schenck

renzo piano whitney museum construction designboom

new york’s west side highway passes by the new museum
photo by ed lederman

renzo piano whitney museum construction designboom

photo by timothy schenck

renzo piano whitney museum construction designboom

a specialized hoist lifted the building’s large steel façade panels into place
photo by timothy schenck

renzo piano whitney museum construction designboom

design team members and museum administrators pose for a photo at the construction site
photo by timothy schenck

renzo piano whitney museum construction designboom

floor-to-ceiling glass curtain walls allow for expansive views of the urban context
photo by timothy schenck

renzo piano whitney museum construction designboom

the design allows for a wide column-free gallery on the fifth floor
photo by timothy schenck

renzo piano whitney museum construction designboom

the building site adjacent to the highline’s southern-most access point
photo by timothy schenck

 

 

 

project team:

 

owner’s rep: gardiner & theobald, inc.
design architect: renzo piano building workshop
executive architect: cooper, robertson & partners
MEP engineer: jaros, baum & bolles
lighting/daylighting engineer: ove arup & partners
structural engineer: robert silman associates
construction manager: turner construction, LLC

  • This thing seriously disappoints me. Zow such a magnificent site with an incredibly DULL facade and zero interesting articulation. It doesn’t have to have Zaha or Frank or Rem splash but man it just looks like a bad Con Ed power station. Oh sigh, I hope the interior will rescue it. “Where have you gone Renzo Piano our nation turns its lonely eyes to you?”

    Lightmaker says:
  • this looks like vapid design from the 1980’s. not a nice addition to the skyline

    trimtab21 says:
  • It’s most probably designed by the Whitney Board of Trustees itself. There’s nothing more of a killjoy for US architecture than these opinioned corporate herds setting a score in architecture via ‘brainstorming’ and ‘design charrettes’.

    Regretfully, the result in this case is a heavy, elephantine building with poor connection to the context and an overall outlook that doesn’t convey its function. Such a shame for the site…

    SOR PERDIDA says:
  • “It’s most probably designed by the Whitney Board of Trustees itself”, if the architect was strongly against the design he could have walked out, unless the design of the building wasn’t his first priority.

    Hopeful says:
  • If you didn’t know it was a museum, would you ‘like’ it …..
    nuff said.

    mackenzie collins says:
  • As Renzo says, his job was to design a space that intensifies the experience of the art on display. He didn’t set out to design a monument to contemporary design, and one suspects that wasn’t part of his assignment.

    Mort d'Urban says:
  • I visited it a few weeks back. It was actually pretty cool. I like that it isn’t another re-used diagram or a predictable design. It in a way fits with the Whitney’s tradition of strong, utilitarian buildings. Feels like a machine or a ship. At the very least it challenges your expectations.

    Hello says:

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