renzo piano: whitney museum rises along the hudson, new york city, USA image © renzo piano building workshopimages courtesy of the whitney museum of american art

 

 

 

the fourth relocation of the whitney museum of american art  since it opened its doors in 1931 is a stepped renzo piano design that is currently rising along the hudson and next to new york city’s elevated highline park. the museum’s move to the meatpacking district situates the cultural institution within the world’s largest gallery district and invite the thriving neighborhood into the art experience. organized around characteristic grand staircase, the structurally innovative building will house an 18000 square foot temporary exhibition space– the largest column-free gallery in new york city.

 

 

whitney of the future: a previewvideo © whitney museum of american art

 

 

 

expanisve glazing affords hudson river views and choice apertures in the minimal white wall planes fills the viewing spaces with a wealth of diffused light. an increase in the museum’s permanent collection to a total of 19000 works necessitated the need for the 200000 square foot space, all topped by a skylight-ridden upper level for large scale works. indoor and outdoor spaces are treated with equal regard for the art object, with cafe programming and viewing spaces mirrored in the visually permeable edifice. a study center and conservation lab provide intellectual resources to bolster the exhibitions. the flexible, proscenium arrangement of the theater makes for a highly adaptable space for myriad programming.

 

 

renzo piano: whitney museum rises along the hudson river in process view of the building and it’s proximity to the highline image © ed lederman

 

 

renzo piano: whitney museum rises along the hudson river the museum in process benefits from hudson river views and accessimage © ed lederman

 

 

renzo piano: whitney museum rises along the hudson river image © ed lederman

 

 

renzo piano: whitney museum rises along the hudson river renderings show a cultural institution situated in the heart of the largest gallery district in the world image © renzo piano building workshop

 

 

renzo piano: whitney museum rises along the hudson river proposed view from the highline image © renzo piano building workshop

 

 

renzo piano: whitney museum rises along the hudson river section drawings show an inextricable relationship to the neighborhood image © renzo piano building workshop

 

 

renzo piano: whitney museum rises along the hudson river sketches show a fundamental regard for daylight image © renzo piano building workshop

 

 

renzo piano: whitney museum rises along the hudson river site modelimage © renzo piano building workshop

 

 

renzo piano: whitney museum rises along the hudson river model elevation view image © renzo piano building workshop

 

 

renzo piano: whitney museum rises along the hudson river model elevation view image © renzo piano building workshop

 

renzo piano: whitney museum rises along the hudson river image © renzo piano building workshop

 

 

renzo piano: whitney museum rises along the hudson river a skylight ridden roof can be seen in the model image © renzo piano building workshop