Norman Foster Explains Flashy New Bowery Gallery’s Elevator

10/26/2010 1:33 PM |

Sperone Westwater on the Bowery

Last month former Meatpacking District art space Sperone Westwater threw open the doors to its massive new palace on Bowery, one block north of the still prettier New Museum, further cementing the Lower East Side’s status as New York’s second-most-important neighborhood for contemporary art (sorry, Soho, UES and 57th Street). The building, designed by British architect Norman Foster’s firm Foster + Partners, features a glass facade revealing the bright red elevator or “moving room” inside. Foster discusses the “Wow!” factor of having visitors step directly into an elevator shaft, and the integration of Guillermo Kuitca’s inaugural exhibition into the moving space, after the jump.