New Whitney design by Renzo Piano a game changer for museum

Staff Writer
Columbus Monthly

NEW YORK (AP) — The Whitney Museum of American Art swings open the doors to its new home on May 1. It's an asymmetrical structure with sweeping views of the High Line and the Hudson River in New York City's hip Meatpacking District.

The $422 million Renzo Piano-designed building is a game-changer for the museum. The 220,000-square-foot space — including 18,000 feet unencumbered by structural columns — doubles its former home on the Upper East Side. That translates to more gallery space for its 22,000-object permanent collection and for temporary exhibitions.

The building is a mixture of shapes and angles. It features floor-to-ceiling windows and outdoor staircases that connect to open-air terraces on three floors. All the elements are designed to connect the museum to the city beyond.

The inaugural exhibition features 650 works by 400 artists spread throughout the museum.