Image via: Curbed
Sperone Westwater Gallery just dropped 8.5 million dollars on a building in the Lower East Side, and Curbed has Norman Foster’s design plans for the space. It’s hard to say for sure how they’ll be using the real estate, though given the fact that there are nine floors I suspect they’ll be renting some of it out. Assuming this is true, the building may go a long way towards solving one of the long standing issues for galleries wishing to relocate to that neighborhood: small-sized exhibition spaces.
Sure it’s interesting, for securing Norman Foster and for the neighborhood. I would say it’s also a signifier for the future of the current Chelsea gallery scene. But for the building itself I’m really disturbed that it has to mean the disappearance of another dignified Tuscan-style tenement building; couldn’t they find an ugly building to knock down?