Design: The Whitney Museum Gets A Stylish New Home
And it wasn’t cheap.
Today in Design, we take a look at the brand-new Whitney Museum located in the Meatpacking District of New York City. Moving away from their rapidly aging location in the Upper East Side, the Whitney made its way downtown to accompany the already popular High Line. The project was headed up by Italian Architect Renzo Piano and reached completion early last year. Covering a whopping 200,000 square feet, including 50,000 square feet of indoor gallery space and 13,000 square feet of outdoor space, the new Whitney has tripled their total footprint. In addition to holding the record for the largest column-free gallery, 18,000 square feet, the new building also has two theaters - a black-box multipurpose theater as well as a beautiful 170-seat venue sporting views of the Hudson River. However, this much-needed upgrade did not come cheap. Costing $760 million in total, the project took a considerable amount of fundraising to make possible. Still, the prime location has blessed the museum with gorgeous views and made it an art exhibit in itself. If there’s any question that museums are losing traction in the age of the Internet, this proves that art appreciation is alive and well.