Gallery: Norman Foster’s Moving Elevator Gallery Opens in NYC

Image © Nigel Young/Foster + Partners
 

When the owners of the new Sperone Westwater Gallery on NYC’s Bowery were first planning the construction of their new building, they had to contend with an incredibly limited building footprint of just 2,500 square feet. Certainly small for a gallery of this caliber, given the prime location in one of NYC’s most lively neighborhoods, they knew they had to be flexible with the site. Their solution? Build up instead of out. Hiring Foster + Partners to design the new building, this unlikely choice of architect Norman Foster as lead — who’s better known for creating colossal designs over small spaces —  is certainly a risk that has paid off. Officially opened just this past September, the resulting gallery is a stunning, innovative and moving space, highlighted by a 12×20 foot freight elevator that travels up and down the structure to showcase the various collections on display.

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