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Foster, innovador movimiento vertical


Sperone Westwater Gallery, Foster & Partners, Adamson Associates

 Sperone Westwater Gallery duplico su superficie de exhibición a partir de esta intervención arquitectónica. El diseño de Foster + Partners arquitectos con la colaboración de Adamson Associates, es un proyecto innovador en el movimiento vertical para un edifico de exposiciones. En un lote compacto de 7,60 x 30 metros, Foster ideó una galería pensada en la fluidez de los movimientos verticales, una exposición en movimiento que conecta cuatro pisos del edificio y permite moverse libremente entre cada planta.

La Sperone Westwater Gallery ofrece al visitante una gama de espacios que varía en proporción y altura. Espacios de exposición a nivel de calle, un subsuelo y una terraza con un parque de escultura complementan las áreas de exposición. En cualquier planta, el espacio de exposición puede ser ampliado con un ascensor adicional y el uso de escaleras como acceso alternativo. Un retraso del volumen a partir del sexto piso señala la ubicación de las oficinas administrativas. Una biblioteca está situada en la parte superior del edificio y el espacio para almacenamiento de las obras de arte esta ubicado en el subsuelo. La fachada esta compuesta por láminas de vidrios especiales que controlan la temperatura, filtran la luz necesaria para las galerías y amortiguan el ruido de la calle.

“El concepto de Sperone Westwater representa tanto una respuesta a la dinámica de carácter urbano del Bowery y el deseo de repensar la forma en que nos relacionamos con el arte en el contexto de una galería. Los anima a la galería en movimiento el exterior del edificio y crea un elemento vertical en negrita. Como una adición cinética a la calle, es un símbolo vivo de la reinvención de la zona y una respuesta audaz al programa principal de la Sperone Westwater de. Espero que los artistas se inspiren en las nuevas posibilidades espaciales y estructurales de la galería.” Norman Foster

Marcelo Gardinetti, 2012©

Casi 35 años después de su concepción, Sperone Westwater continúa exhibiendo el trabajo de destacados artistas de diversas nacionalidades y edades, que trabajan en diversos medios. El concepto de la Galería es tanto una respuesta al dinámico carácter urbano del Bowery neoyorquino como un deseo de repensar la forma en que el público se relaciona con el arte en el entorno de una galería. El edificio de nueve pisos es parte de una iniciativa audaz para revitalizar el barrio y el diseño será pionero en un enfoque innovador del movimiento vertical dentro de un edificio de galería.

La pieza central del concepto es una sala en movimiento de 12 x 20 pies que conecta los cinco pisos donde se exhibirán las obras de arte. La sala permite a los visitantes moverse gradualmente entre niveles y será un elemento destacado a lo largo del Bowery, visible desde la calle, su suave ritmo contrasta con el rápido movimiento del tráfico. En cualquier planta, el espacio de exposición puede ampliarse aparcando la sala de mudanzas según sea necesario, mediante el uso de un ascensor adicional y escaleras que proporcionan un acceso alternativo.

El diseño incorpora un entresuelo y una zona de exposición de doble altura a nivel de calle, una terraza escultórica hacia el parque y una galería privada de vistas en la parte superior de las plantas públicas. Un revés marca la ubicación de las oficinas. Las obras de arte se almacenarán principalmente en el sótano, mientras que una biblioteca -que también funciona como espacio para eventos- se encuentra en la parte superior del edificio, debajo del piso mecánico. La fachada de vidrio fresado CNC que alberga la sala en movimiento actúa como zona de amortiguación, protegiendo el edificio de temperaturas extremas y aislando acústicamente las galerías.

Foster & Partners

Nearly 35 years after its conception, Sperone Westwater continues to exhibit the work of prominent artists of diverse nationality and age, who work in various media. The concept for the Gallery is both a response to the dynamic urban character of New York’s Bowery and a desire to rethink the way in which the public engages with art in the setting of a gallery. The nine-storey building is part of a bold initiative to reinvigorate the neighborhood and the design will pioneer an innovative approach to vertical movement within a gallery building.

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.

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. The CNC milled glass facade that houses the moving room act as a buffer zone, protecting the building from extreme temperatures and acoustically insulating the galleries.

Fotografías: ©Nigel Young

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