The Whitney Museum of American Art plans to break ground on a new building in Lower Manhattan next year.
The Whitney's board voted on Tuesday to begin construction of the second building in the Meatpacking District, or Gansevoort Market, next year. An Italian architect, Renzo Piano, is the designer of the six-story building. Piano was in charge of the expansion of Atlanta's High Museum of Art expansion and Houston's Menil Museum.
The Whitney's new building will be constructed at an entrance to the High Line elevated park and is expected to be completed by 2015. The building will feature more than 50,000 square feet of indoor galleries and 13,000 square feet of rooftop exhibition space. It will also include classrooms, a research library, art conservation labs and a multi-use indoor/outdoor space for film, video and performance art.
The Whitney, which has been open for 80 years, says it will continue discussions with The Metropolitan Museum of Art regarding the potential use of the Whitney’s uptown building on Madison Avenue.