Whitney Museum of American Art Downtown Branch

Whitney Museum of American Art Downtown Branch

In 1988 we worked with the Whitney Museum of American Art on its then-pioneering initiative of taking artwork into the community by way of corporate-funded branch museums. We completed the gallery located in the financial district’s Federal Reserve Plaza, where free public exhibitions were displayed.

Our design transformed the office building’s basement into a flexible, column-free home for art. Visitors first viewed the space from a balcony that overlooked the galleries, which were accessed by a generous stairway. Interior materials, including a terrazzo ground concrete floor, exposed concrete, custom aluminum light shields, and balcony railings with exposed fasteners, reflected the space’s industrial nature. 

New York, NY
10,000 SF
1989 AIANY Interior Architecture Citation