Take a look at the Whitney Museum’s new MePa home in progress

Nearing completion, the building is already an area landmark

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  • Photograph: Alex Strada

  • Photograph: Alex Strada

  • Photograph: Alex Strada

  • Photograph: Alex Strada

  • Photograph: Alex Strada

  • Photograph: Alex Strada

  • Photograph: Alex Strada

  • Photograph: Alex Strada

  • Photograph: Alex Strada

  • Photograph: Alex Strada

  • Photograph: Alex Strada

Photograph: Alex Strada


Come June 27, the Whitney Museum will be opening its very last show, a retrospective of Jeff Koons in the building that’s been its home since 1966. When that exhibit closes in October, there will be a six-month or so hiatus until the museum re-opens in Spring 2015 at its new location by the southern end of the High Line. The structure, designed by world-renowned architect Renzo Piano, is already a presence on the skyline, and recently, Time Out New York took a tour of the facility under construction. You can see how things a going by taking a look at our photos, but while you do, here are a few facts related to what to expect when the new Whitney finally welcomes the public:
 
-The building is nine stories tall, with a cantilevered entrance directly off the High Line fronted by an 8,500-square-foot plaza
 
-Total space runs to 220,000 square feet
 
-There are seven floors of gallery and programming space, including a lobby gallery open free to visitors along with the museum’s main restaurant and book store
 
-The third floor features a 170-seat theater overlooking the Hudson
 
-The sixth floor is connected to an outdoor terrace and gallery


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