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Sperone Westwater gallery, New York by Foster + Partners

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Foster + Partners’ Sperone Westwater gallery on the Bowery in New York has thrown open its doors to the public

The design features an eight metre-high ground-floor exhibition space with sky-light and mezzanine.

Built on a compact 230m² site the gallery incorporates a 22m² moving floor which gradually ascends between levels.

Norman Foster of Foster + Partners, said: ‘The concept for Sperone Westwater represents both a response to the Bowery’s dynamic urban character and a desire to rethink the way in which we engage with art in the setting of a gallery.

‘The moving gallery animates the exterior of the building and creates a bold vertical element within. Like a kinetic addition to the street, it is a lively symbol of the area’s reinvention and a daring response to the Sperone Westwater’s major program. I hope that artists will be inspired by the gallery’s new spatial and structural possibilities.’

An outdoor sculpture terrace overlooks a nearby park and private viewing rooms are located on the fourth and fifth floors.

The project doubled the Sperone Westwater’s exhibition space.

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