The Whitney Museum’s programs and needs have outgrown its existing 61,000 square foot Marcel Breuer-designed building. In 2000, Cooper, Robertson & Partners completed an analysis of the existing Museum’s program, assessed the Museum’s desired program, analyzed the zoning/landmark district implications, provided bulk/area design options, and made recommendations for expansion. In 2006, The Whitney initiated development of a downtown property to build a new satellite museum at the High Line in the Meatpacking District. The Renzo Piano Building Workshop was selected as Design Architect in collaboration with CRP as Executive Architect.
Located on Gansevoort Street between West Street and the redeveloped High Line Park, the new building will place the Whitney at the epicenter of New York’s newest cultural district. The building stacks the program in six stories and responds to its low-rise neighbors with a series of terraces which step back from the adjacent elevated park. A public plaza creates a vibrant street-level entrance with generous outdoor gathering space and an adjoining restaurant. The design features 50,000 square feet of double-height galleries with large windows overlooking the Hudson River, a state-of-the-art education center and research library, art storage and conservation labs, office/support space, a museum shop, an informal café, and a 200-seat theater for public programs.