Check out in-construction photos of the Whitney Museum's new building (slide show and video)

The art institution gave a sneak peek at its exciting future home via Twitter.

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  • Rendering: courtesy Renzo Piano Building Workshop in collaboration with Cooper

    Rendering of the Whitney new building project

  • Rendering: courtesy Renzo Piano Building Workshop in collaboration with Cooper

    Rendering of the Whitney new building project

  • Rendering: courtesy Renzo Piano Building Workshop in collaboration with Cooper

    The Whitney new building project

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    The Whitney new building project

  • Photograph: Timothy Schenck

    The Whitney new building project

  • Photograph: Timothy Schenck

    The Whitney new building project

  • Photograph: Timothy Schenck

    The Whitney new building project

  • Photograph: Timothy Schenck

    The Whitney new building project

  • Photograph: Timothy Schenck

    The Whitney new building project

  • Sketch: courtesy Renzo Piano Bui

    Cross-section of the building

  • Sketch: courtesy Renzo Piano Building Workshop in collaboration with Cooper

    Sketch of the new building

Rendering: courtesy Renzo Piano Building Workshop in collaboration with Cooper

Rendering of the Whitney new building project

The Whitney Museum of American Art is moving from its current Upper East Side digs to an ambitious, asymmetrical and in-construction building in the Meatpacking District. Designed by Renzo Piano, the institution's 200,000-square-foot future home will have nine stories towering over the High Line's base, at the corner of Gansevoort and Washington Streets. Glass facades will provide a breathtaking backdrop of the Hudson River. Great art and stunning views? Sounds like a surefire combination to us.


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Other highlights of the future Whitney include 13,000 square feet of outdoor space, a restaurant and cafe by Danny Meyer, probable LEED Gold certification, a theater for performances and movies, and 18,000 square feet of uninterrupted gallery space—making for the largest column-free museum gallery in town.


The new digs won't be open to the public until 2015, but the museum took to Twitter (@whitneymuseum) to offer a behind-the-scenes look at the in-development project last week. Check out a few highlights of the tweeted tour, as well as a video from the museum depicting the gorgeous, minimalist structure.



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