In Progress: Sperone Westwater Gallery / Foster + Partners

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We took a few shots of Foster + Partners’ latest addition to the Bowery – a new gallery to house the Sperone Westwater’s growing collection from prominent artists of different nationalities and ages.  Sitting a few steps away from SANAA’s musuem, this new gallery’s CNC milled glass facade elegantly responds to its neighboring art museum.   According to Foster, the gallery is  “both a response to the dynamic urban character of ’s Bowery and a desire to rethink the way in which the public engages with art in the setting of a gallery.”

Check out some photos after the break.

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The nine-story museum will include flexible exhibition spaces and a dynamic moving gallery.  This 12-20 foot moving room is an “innovative approach to vertical movement within a gallery building” as it connects the five floors where the works of art will be displayed, allowing visitors to gradually move between levels.  Visible from the street, the platform can also be locked on one floor to extend its space for exhibitions.   The architects’ note the contrast between the slow pace of the platform with the fast-paced traffic of the street.

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The museum also includes a sculpture terrace toward the park and a private viewing gallery at the top of the public floors.   The top floor houses a library which doubles as an event space for different functions.

Co-architects: Adamson Associates

Consultants: Buro Happold , Sciame, Buro Happold , Edgett Williams, JAM Consultants Inc.

Main image as noted by dbox.

Cite: Cilento, Karen. "In Progress: Sperone Westwater Gallery / Foster + Partners" 17 Aug 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed 22 May 2015. <>
  • Chris

    Hmm. The night shot looks intriguing, but it’s useless without some interior shots or a section to describe the spaces.

  • Ben

    Norman Foster learning from SANAA? funny!

  • dave

    best foster building in years… section would be nice though.

  • kapiszon

    isn’t it?

  • Chris

    What is it with people giving us thumbs down for wanting sections?!

    • Albert

      Wanna be liked by people on internet forums? By architects? Don’t post.

      • Chris

        I have a mustache. What more needs be said. If one can’t be serious then why not inject a little levity now and again.

  • seij

    I had no idea this was a Foster building! I think I saw that rendering on the dbox website or something, and had no idea who actually designed it. It’s certainly refreshing to see the star architects try different things.

  • nick a

    and i was just about to email in photos of this…

    can’t wait to see it finished, lights on, red thing moving. i think it will disappoint less than the sanaa building (remember the critique of minimalism brought about by the new museum??)

  • Albert

    Unusually delicate for Lord Foster. Is he a Lord yet? :)

  • toro

    Er… there was a topic in Archdaily about the discrepancy between renderings and the finished buildings. This is even more disappointing than those mentioned. The finished building shows none of the magic in the rendering.

    • amonle

      Thank you
      I was scrolling down and down waiting for someone to point this out
      render = sumptuous
      reality, not so much

      • chavacano

        I agree with you, the render looks elegant, the stripes on the window wall make it look sleek, the final result looks really ordinare.

    • sean

      when you say finished building, do you mean the finished building or the finished building in how it looks in the photos? I dont think one can say that untill the building is experienced. Photos and renders are both a representation of an experience. I dont think a poorly composed photo from a mobile phone can be a good representation of an experience. Im not saying it cant be, but just trying to say not judge a building on a photo that took less than 5 seconds to set up and take.