The New Whitney

Tucked neatly in between the High Line and the Hudson River, the new Whitney, designed by Renzo Piano, is a stunning upgrade from the museum’s previous uptown home base. Featuring 50,000-square-feet of indoor gallery space, 13,000-square-feet of outdoor gallery space, and terraces overlooking the High Line, the new Whitney clocks in as the largest column-free museum gallery in New York City. The stunning new space also includes a gallery shop, ground-floor restaurant, top-floor café, a lobby gallery, two floors dedicated to its permanent collections, and a special exhibitions gallery on the top floor with over 18,000-square-feet of display space.

In a press release on the Whitney’s site, Piano describes the magnificent project, saying, “The design for the new museum emerges equally from a close study of the Whitney’s needs and from a response to this remarkable site. We wanted to draw on its vitality and at the same time enhance its rich character. The first big gesture, then, is the cantilevered entrance, which transforms the area outside the building into a large, sheltered public space. At this gathering place beneath the High Line, visitors will see through the building entrance and the large windows on the west side to the Hudson River beyond. Here, all at once, you have the water, the park, the powerful industrial structures and the exciting mix of people, brought together and focused by this new building and the experience of art.”

An unbelievable New York Times interactive architecture review article showcases aerial and 3D imagery of the Whitney’s new home, dubbing the move from 75th Street to the once-funky West Village as “confirmation in the shift of New York City’s ever-changing social geography.”

First opened on May 1, 2015, the new Whitney has set a new standard for art.

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