New Whitney Museum Makes Advances

EnlargeRendering of Whitney Museum.

The New York Times reported yesterday that the Whitney Museum has signed its contract with New York City's Economic Development Corporation to take over a city-owned site next to the southern end of the High Line.  The Whitney is planning a new museum designed by Renzo Piano, with 50,000 square feet of exhibition space-- nearly twice what the Whitney's Madison Avenue location has.

The agreement gives the Whitney 4 years to pay the $18 million for the site, and five years to begin construction. Design renderings released a couple of years ago show a six-story building, stepping down from the West Side Highway towards the High Line in a series of terraces. The plan also calls for a large street-level public plaza, and public indoor space on the ground level, to complement the High Line's Gansevoort Plaza and Gansevoort stairs.

Whitney Advances Plans for Museum Near the High Line [NY Times]

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