The Whitney Museum of American Art broke ground yesterday on its new Renzo Piano-designed facility in NYC's Meatpacking District. Situated at the southern end of the High Line, the new museum will replace the museum's current Marcel Breuer building on Madison Avenue by 2015. That is, if city philanthropists find it in their hearts to pony up the remaining $212M required to complete construction. That budget gap might help to explain the stunningly detailed video rendering released by the museum yesterday. When the starchitect designing it describes it as a meteorite fallen from the sky, those deep-pocketed donors like to see what they're actually paying for.
· Renzo! Meteorites! ART! The Whitney Breaks Ground in MePa [Curbed NY]
· Whitney of the Future: A Preview [YouTube via Architizer]