Whitney Museum of American Art - Gansevoort
Architect: Renzo Piano Building Workshop
Owner: Whitney Museum of American Art
Despite having been maligned as New York's 'most disliked building,' the decision to move the Whitney Museum from the Breuer Building was not universally celebrated. Renzo Piano's vision for the Whitney's fourth home was to create, as he put it, 'social life, urbanity, invention, construction, technology, poetry, light—an immense rich bouillabaisse.' We focused on the openness of the ground floor with its yawning transparency and the museum's interface with the Highline to juxtapose Mr. Piano's egalitarian vision to the Brutalism of Breuer.