The Whitney Museum of America's new HQ, designed by Renzo Piano, is currently under construction in New York's Meatpacking District. Photography: Timothy Schenck
The new building will become the museum's main base from spring 2015. Image courtesy of Renzo Piano Building Workshop in collaboration with Cooper, Robertson & Partners
Seen here from the High Line, the new Whitney will offer unprecedented space for the museum's exhibitions and programs. Image courtesy of Renzo Piano Building Workshop in collaboration with Cooper, Robertson & Partners
The structure spans 220,000sq ft and nine stories that will include the city's largest column-free art gallery spaces, an education centre, theatre, a conservation lab and a library and reading rooms. Photography: Timothy Schenck
The new building's strong, asymmetrical form generates a wealth of terraces, looking towards Manhattan, which will be used as outdoor galleries. Photography: Timothy Schenck
The building's ground level will be glass-enclosed and visually transparent, to merge with its immediate surroundings and welcome in passers by. Photography: Timothy Schenck
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Construction is well underway on the new home for the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York's vibrant Meatpacking District. The new building, designed by Italian architect Renzo Piano, will become the museum's main base from spring 2015, when the whole collection will move from its existing HQ - the iconic, Marcel Breuer-designed building it has occupied since 1966 on Madison Avenue.