Watch the New Whitney Building Reach its Full Height in 45 Seconds

The new Renzo Piano-designed Whitney Museum building at the bottom of the High Line in the Meatpacking District took some 14 months to top out, which it did last month, but thanks to the magic of time lapse video — and the Whitney’s live construction camera — you can watch the entire process unfold in less than a minute.

The video above was presented by museum officials at a Community Board 2 meeting last night, Curbed reports, during which they confirmed that construction is still on track to be completed in time for a mid-2015 opening. They have also consulted with experts far and wide about how best to flood-proof the museum without too badly disrupting Piano’s design, after Hurricane Sandy flooded the site with 6.5 million gallons of water.

— Benjamin Sutton

(Photograph by Oresti Tsonopoulos/ Via Whitney Museum/Facebook.)