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The New Whitney Museum of American Art

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Project Name

The New Whitney Museum of American Art


Gansevoort Street between West Street and the High Line Park


Project Status


Year Completed



220,000 sq. feet


Whitney Museum of American Art



  • Structural Engineer: Roberts Silman Associates
  • Lighting Designer: Arup
  • Electrical Engineer: JB&B
  • : JB&B
  • Building Enclosure/Artwork: JAM Consultants
  • Building Enclosure/Artwork: Kramer Levin
  • Civil Engineer: Philip Habib & Associates
  • Building Enclosure/Artwork: Stuart-Lynn
  • Geotechnical Engineer: URS
  • Building Enclosure/Artwork: Van Deusen Associates
  • Building Enclosure/Artwork: Cerami
  • Building Enclosure/Artwork: Theatre Projects
  • Building Enclosure/Artwork: Ton Tech
  • Building Enclosure/Artwork: AKRF

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Project Description

The Whitney Museum’s programs and needs outgrew its existing 61,000 square foot Marcel Breuer-designed building. Cooper Robertson completed an analysis of the existing Museum’s program, assessed the desired program, analyzed the zoning/landmark district implications, provided bulk/area design options, and made recommendations for expansion. Although our scheme for expansion received Landmarks approval, the limitations of the site and the cost of the project led the museum to ultimately develop a new building. The Whitney selected a site adjacent to the High Line in the Meatpacking District and selected Renzo Piano Building Workshop in collaboration with Cooper Robertson as architects for the project.

Located on Gansevoort Street, the new building places 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 that step back from the adjacent elevated High Line 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 bright, double-height galleries overlooking the Hudson River, 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. The new building anticipates a LEED-NC Gold rating. The museum opened to the public on May 1st, 2015.
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