whitney museum of american art by renzo piano opens in new york
 
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apr 24, 2015

whitney museum of american art by renzo piano opens in new york

whitney museum of american art by renzo piano opens in new york
image © karin jobst
all images courtesy of the whitney museum of american art

 

 

 

designed by italian architect renzo piano – in collaboration with cooper robertson – the new building for the whitney museum of american art has opened its doors in downtown manhattan’s meatpacking district. positioned between the high line and the hudson river, the much-anticipated project contains a series of indoor and outdoor galleries that double the institution’s floor space in comparison to its former home.

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the sheltered entrance and foyer at ground floor level
image © nic lehoux

 

 

 

conceived as a laboratory for artists, the scheme features dedicated areas for education programs, as well as a 170-seat theater, a study center, a multimedia performance space, a conservation center and a library. from each of the building’s nine storeys, views are offered towards the hudson river and into the city, ensuring that a profound sense of place is established.

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floor-to-ceiling glazing ensures constant external vistas
image © nic lehoux

 

 

 

the structure’s bold and asymmetrical form responds to the industrial character of the neighboring loft buildings, while simultaneously asserting a contemporary, sculptural presence.

 

‘the design of this building emerged from many years of conversations with the whitney, which took us back to the museum’s origins,’ explained renzo piano. ‘we spoke about the roots of the whitney in downtown new york, and about this opportunity to enjoy the open space by the hudson river. museum experience is about art, and it also about being connected to this downtown community and to this absolutely extraordinary physical setting.’

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views are provided towards the hudson river from each of the building’s nine storeys
image © nic lehoux

 

 

 

a dramatically cantilevered entrance along gansevoort street shelters an 8,500 square foot plaza, designed to become a popular gathering space sited adjacent to the high line’s southern entrance. inside, the john r. eckel, jr. foundation gallery is accessible to the public free of charge, while the expansive fifth-floor neil bluhm family gallery is the largest column-free exhibition space in new york – providing 18,000 square feet of flexible display area. approximately 13,000 square feet of outdoor galleries on the building’s cascading terraces offer external exhibition and performance spaces, which extend the gallery experience outside.

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outdoor galleries are positioned on the building’s cascading terraces
image © nic lehoux

 

 

 

from an environmental perspective, the new whitney is the first art museum in new york to pursue LEED gold status. the design incorporates a green roof, plaza level planters, and a storm water detention tank to reduce site runoff. in addition, 20% of the construction materials, such as the reclaimed pine floors, were recycled.

 

see designboom’s previous coverage of the whitney here.

whitney museum of american art opens new york renzo piano designboom
the outdoor areas offer external exhibition and performance spaces
image © nic lehoux

whitney museum of american art opens new york renzo piano designboom
sweeping view are provided across the city
image © nic lehoux

whitney museum of american art opens new york renzo piano designboom
looking down towards an external exhibition space
image © nic lehoux

whitney museum of american art opens new york renzo piano designboom
the amount of light entering the gallery space is constantly controlled
image © nic lehoux

whitney museum of american art opens new york renzo piano designboom
flexible column-free exhibition space
image © nic lehoux

whitney museum of american art opens new york renzo piano designboom
the whitney’s location between the high line and the hudson river
image © nic lehoux

 

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