Museum with unique security and aesthetic requirements

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The Whitney Museum of American Art in New York required solutions that satisfy the art museum’s unique requirements, while offering maximum security without compromising the elegant interior.


The building was designed by the architect Renzo Piano and comprises over 4,500 square meters exhibition space indoors and 1,200 square meters outdoors, including terraces with a view of the High Line park. This highly regarded art museum, whose premises were reopened in May 2015, is centrally located in the Meatpacking District in Lower Manhattan.


Owing to the museum’s unique security and aesthetic requirements, it was important ASSA ABLOY could offer solutions that satisfy a number of different specific requirements, such as the means to make door openings larger when art works are to be moved between different parts of the building. 


ASSA ABLOY took into account the unique requirements for each of the building’s 450 door openings. Traditional swing or glazed doors were used in some corridors, while special solutions were required in others, with several adjacent doors to obtain an extra-wide opening, when artworks are to be moved. 

In addition, the project included a number of unique hardware solutions tailored to function with special or glazed doors.

Another requirement was doors with different security levels. In many cases the doors were fitted with electronic lock products to maintain security, in both galleries and staff areas. Sargent’s patented key system with several different authorization levels provides an extra security dimension. 

ASSA ABLOY consistently chose aesthetically attractive hardware. A designer handle from Sargent was, for example, chosen for its ability to blend into the building’s design. It is an attractive, uniform, secure solution, which can be used for everything from electronic locks and mortise locks to access control products.