Leaving the Upper East Side behind, the Whitney Museum has moved to the banks of the Hudson in the Meatpacking District, closely adjacent to West Village and Chelsea. With stunning views of the Hudson to the west, the Museum sits at the Southern base of the High Line (a park above the ground). Renzo Piano is the architect behind the Whitney’s New Building design and has created it to look like a contemporary work of sculpture sitting in the midst of the New York City skyline. It takes on the industrial, warehouse and loft-like feeling of the buildings surrounding it as well.
The new building, which opened to the public the beginning of this month, has a large amount of public outdoor space, as well as terraces outside the galleries on the upper floors. The space on the top floor is dedicated for special exhibitions that come to the Museum, while the two middle floors house selections of the permanent collection. Throughout the building you will also find a theater, restaurant, library, conservation lab, classrooms and so on.
Next time I visit New York, I will certainly be adding a stroll through the Whitney’s new galleries to my must-see list.