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.