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 one engages with art in the setting of a gallery
The centerpiece of the concept is a 12 x 20-foot moving room that connects the five floors where works of art will be displayed. The room allows visitors to move gradually between levels and will be a prominent feature along the Bowery, visible from the street.
The design incorporates a mezzanine floor and double-height display area at street level, a sculpture terrace towards the park, and a private viewing gallery at the top of the public floors. A setback marks the location of the offices. Works of art will be stored primarily in the basement, while a library – that also functions as an events space – is located at the top of the building below the mechanical floor.