Elevator Installation at the Sperone Westwater Gallery

Posted on: July 26th, 2010 at 6:35 am by

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Big Red is on its way to 257 Bowery.  Indeed, it appears preparations are now underway for the ambitious new elevator inside the Sperone Westwater Gallery.  A bare-bones platform was just installed behind the towering frosted glass, and has occupied different levels of the structure at various intervals.

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The lift is a focal point of the overall design, and was conceived as more than just passenger transport within the gallery.  It will itself become a flamboyant movable exhibition space.  Last year, the New York Times reported that the 12-by-20-foot elevator car will have an eye-popping maximum capacity of 240 people, and will be painted “Ferrari red.”

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[Photo Credit: Curbed]

More on the elevator from the architect Norman Foster’s website:

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, its gentle pace contrasting with the fast-moving traffic. At any given floor, the exhibition space can be extended by parking the moving room as required, by the use of an additional elevator and stairs which provide alternative access.

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