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Whitney Museum of American Art

Sector

Cultural/Historic

Service

Landscape Architecture

Client

Whitney Museum of American Art

Location

New York, NY

Status

Complete

Completion

2015

Site Area

8,500 SF

MNLA, in collaboration with Piet Oudolf, implemented the landscape design of the Whitney Museum of American Art, the first museum in New York City to achieve LEED Gold status. The building features an entrance that extends the length of the museum, with a grand stair leading to a largo. Cast along the stair and largo are inlaid planters that feature grasses and perennials, reminiscent of the adjacent High Line, with a specimen Red Sunset Maple providing an exclamation at the west end of the structure.

An extensive green roof has a dozen sedum species chosen specifically for the city's climate. In addition to other benefits for stormwater management, building cooling and insulation properties, the diversity of chosen succulents provides pollen to the Whitney’s honeybee population housed on the green roof. The honeybees provide harvested honey that is sold in the museum’s shop.

The honeybees that live on the Whitney's extensive green roof create honey that is sold in the museum's gift shop.

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