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  • Protective arm over the original building. Koolhaas talked about how when you switch floors in a skyscraper, it feels like you’re entering a whole new world- each skyscraper was trying to be its own little city. This was his way of expanding the museum and at the same time, avoiding the feel of separation.
  • Stepped formation- point out highline, entrance…
  • Reminds of Brooklyn Museum
  • Theme of interaction with the environment and nature just like the High Line- entrance lets light and fresh air into the museum, the outdoor galleries overlook the High Line – Sense of belonging with the High Line
  • At any location in the museum you don’t feel enclosed. There’s this idea of openness and interaction with the outside


  • 1. WhitneyMuseum atthe High Line
  • 2. Background Founded in 1931 by Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, a sculptor 700 works of American Art were displayed at 8-12 West 8th Street In 1966, building moved to its current location at 75th and Madison Ave. Current building designed by Hungarian architect, Marcel Brever
  • 3. Proposed Expansion In 2003, Rem Koolhaas proposed a 9-story building on top of adjacent brownstones Estimated cost was $200 million Plan was rejected because the Museum couldn’t afford it
  • 4. “Whitney’s Identity Crisis” Leonard A. Lauder donated $131 million to the Whitney in 2008 $680 million project that involved opening a second museum at the High Line was proposed Is it affordable? Should the uptown building be abandoned? Can there be a compromise?
  • 5. Budget Issues Combined yearly costs would increase from $36 million to $60 million Whitneyhad only raised $371 million through signed pledges The original building was leased to the Metropolitan Museum of Art for next 8 years
  • 6. The High Line Project Designed by Renzo Piano, an Italian Pritzker- Prize winning architect Six-story, 195,000 square-foot building
  • 7.  Cantilevered entrance with restaurants and cafes. Transparent, glass doors.
  • 8.  Four levels of outdoor gallery space that face the High Line, including the roof. Exposed steel girders on the roof echo the steel structure of the High Line itself.
  • 9.  170-seattheater with windows overlooking the Hudson
  • 10. The Museum isexpected to beopen to public by2015.
  • 11. Sources http://whitney.org/About/NewBuilding?q uery=Future http://buildipedia.com/in- studio/architects-firms/what-s-next-for-the- whitney?print=1&tmpl=component http://www.nytimes.com/2006/11/02/arts/ design/02whit.html http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/12/arts/ design/12museum.html?pagewanted=all