Whitney downtown branch to open in 2012 in Meatpacking district

May 6th, 2008

The plan of the new whitney downtown via the NY Sun

The subject of some buzz for a while but officially announced a few days ago, a new Whitney museum will be built downtown in the Meatpacking district, opening in 20012. Thus far, the reaction of the community towards the Renzo Piano designed building has been very positive.

So Far, Community Backs Whitney’s Downtown Vision [NY Sun]
The Whitney Expands Downtown
[The Gothamist]
Whitney Unveils Renzo Piano Design for Downtown Space [Artinfo]
Downtown Whitney gets support [The Real Deal]
Whitney’s Downtown Sanctuary [Ny Times]
Renzo Piano’s Plans for Downtown Whitney Outpost [ArtForum]

“The reaction has been extremely positive,” said the chairman of Community Board 2, Brad Hoylman. The Renzo Piano-designed building will be 185,000 square feet in size and will be located on Gansevoort Street at West Street. Adam Weinberg, the The Whitney’s director, reports that the museum has a $680 million capital campaign goal, which would cover both the cost of construction for downtown building as well as funds to bolster the endowment. Among the special features of the museum will be an educational facility, a restaurant, a research library, a café, a bookstore, a 175-seat theater, and a study center.

Executive director of the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation, Andrew Berman, gave the project another good review saying so far he’s pleased with drafts on the table. The construction of the new Whitney building is expected to begin during the spring of next year.