Slated for completion in 2015, this new museum in the Meatpacking District will be the sister to the existing Upper East Side Whitney designed by Marcel Breuer in 1966. Designed by Renzo Piano in collaboration with Cooper Robertson & Partners, the building will feature 50,000 sf of indoor gallery space. It will also have 13,000 sf of outdoor gallery space, reflecting the building’s close relationship to
the neighboring High Line. The building form is a reaction to the vitality of the surrounding neighborhood, the opportunities for remarkable views, and the desire to reach out to the public. Upon approach, a large outdoor plaza covered by a dramatically cantilevered canopy greets visitors. A transparent lobby and restaurant allow for full views straight through the ground floor of the building. The base will house a conservation lab, study center, research library, classrooms and a theater. The top four floors will be dedicated to open, light filled, column-less gallery space and an outdoor café.