Norman Foster-designed Sperone Westwater gallery coming to the Bowery

September 12th, 2008

New Sperone Westwater gallery on Bowery, designed by Norman Foster
Proposed design for Sperone Westwater gallery building on Bowery, designed by Norman Foster, via Curbed

The Sperone Westwater gallery recently announced its $8.5 million acquisition of a building on the Bowery, just a block away from the New Museum, solidifying the area’s reputation as a burgeoning art hub. The five story, twelve thousand square foot pre-war building will be re-designed by Lord Foster, whose work includes landmarks such as the Reichstag, the Heart Tower, and the 30 St Mary Axe in London (better known as The Gherkin). The proposed new building’s facade will boast glass tubes, and a bold red cube-shaped moving room as a highlight, setting the building apart as a unique, modern piece of architecture in an older neighborhood.

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Red moving room in the facade of Sperone Westwater\'s Bowery gallery, designed by Norman Foster
Diagram describing the red moving room in Sperone Westwater’s new Bowery Gallery, via Curbed

30 St Mary Axe, designed by Lord Norman Foster
30 St Mary Axe, designed by Lord Norman Foster, via WikiMedia

Sperone Westwater on Bowery, current photo of building
Current photo of the future home of Sperone Westwater on Bowery, via Curbed

Sperone Westwater, which specializes in Contemporary and Modern Art, is in good company in the neighborhood, a stone’s throw away from the New Museum, which recently bought an adjacent building for expansion purposes. Sperone Westwater has previously displayed pieces by noted artists such as Tom Sachs and Laurie Simmons.

Natura Morta, by Giorgio Morandi, at Sperone Westwater
Natura Morta
(1958) by Giorgio Morandi, currently on exhibit at Sperone Westwater, via Sperone Westwater

Homage to the Square (1967) by Josef Albers
Homage to the Square
(1967) by Josef Albers, currently on exhibit at Sperone Westwater, via Sperone Westwater