Whitney readies plan B

Today is the Landmarks Preservation Commission hearing for the new Whitney Museum of American Art expansion. The expansion, designed by Renzo Piano, involves the controversial demolition of a two neighboring brownstones – one marked as a “contributing” building, the structure is “considered to have artistic, cultural or historic value in a designated historic district.” Fearing rejection from the commission, the Whitney has asked Piano to prepare a backup design. This “Plan B” design preserves the contributing brownstone by creating a narrower entrance and a less visible rooftop addition. At the last commission hearing on March 15th, when suggested that he preserve the Brownstones, Piano replied- as any architect worth his glasses would “The first result is, I will jump in the river.”

previous posts:
In a New York State of Mind
Is Renzo Piano America’s default Architect?