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Whitney Museum Moves to All-Glass Home on New York’s West Side

NEW YORK — The Whitney Museum of American Art’s new six-story, 200,000-square-foot home at the base of the High Line in New York’s Meatpacking District features an all-glass transparent exterior.

The museum, which moved from its location on the East Side at 75th and Madison on May 1, is New York City’s first LEED-certified art museum and more than triples its old space.

The western facade of the Renzo Piano-designed asymmetrical building extends toward the Hudson River, while the eastern face is a series of setbacks from the elevated High Line.

The building’s third floor, which boasts 18,000 square feet for special exhibitions, is the largest column-free gallery space in New York City. Four levels of rooftop space provide 13,000 square feet of outdoor galleries, while the Whitney’s permanent collection occupies the building’s fourth and fifth floors.

A cantilevered entrance along Gansevoort Street, adjacent to the High Line’s south entrance, creates a public plaza and leads into free ground-floor exhibition space.

The building also features a 170-seat theater, a restaurant and a bookstore.