The shell for British starchitect Norman Foster's new Bowery fun ride has finally exposed itself. Forms have been removed and what's now seen is the big concrete box that will house the Sperone Westwater Gallery and its big red elevator at 257 Bowery. Still to rise are three more floors, set back from the base with more glass rising to the top. A new filing at the DOB shows there will be a "coffee station" on the highest floor, offering folks the chance to get buzzed while they check out the changes on the Bowery. Construction has now topped the mysterious seven-story Karl Fischer special a few doors north at 263 Bowery, where a stop work order from December has been resolved, and windows and cladding are now taking shape. Foster's Bowery addition should top out by spring, and the flashy facade of glass rods can't be too far behind.
· 257 Bowery coverage [Curbed]