Befitting the art gallery it will be, architect Lord Norman Foster's team has added a hefty double-edged black frame to the glass box being built at 257 Bowery. This showplace for the Sperone Westwater Gallery now has multiple panes of rippled glass rising almost to the top. On the sides the cinder blocks are getting completely clad in corrugated black metal. Still to come is the levitating glassed-in elevator/exhibition space, a "kinetic addition to the street" that will rise in red over the Bowery.
The whole Foster package is now leaps and bounds ahead of the Karl Fischer residential special going in a few doors to the north, where a more nondescript facade has been hiding behind netting for weeks, and the end of construction is nowhere in sight. Despite the progress at Sperone Westwater, it looks like it'll be a few more months before the gallery calls Foster's box home, even though their website claims that they'll "move to a new building at 257 Bowery in Spring 2010." Lord Norm may be able to work wonders, but turning back time is probably beyond even his pay scale.
· Sperone Westwater Announces Move to the Bowery [Sperone Westwater]
· 257 Bowery coverage [Curbed]