A New Center for Artistic Invention
The Shed, New York’s new center for artistic invention, opening in 2019, is a 200,000-square-foot building sited along the High Line at 30th Street. The Shed’s flexible design will accommodate the broadest range of performance, visual art, and multi-disciplinary work.
Two principal components comprise The Shed: an eight-level fixed base building for cultural programming and support spaces, and a telescoping outer shell that deploys over an adjoining plaza to double the building’s footprint on demand. The base building includes two expansive levels of gallery space, a versatile theater, a rehearsal space, an artists’ lab, and a sky-lit event space. The shell forms a vast hall that accommodates large-scale performances, installations, and events.
When deployed, the shell creates a 17,200-square-foot light-, sound-, and temperature-controlled hall that can serve an infinite variety of uses. The hall can accommodate an audience of 1,200 seated or 2,700 standing; flexible overlap space in the two adjoining galleries of the base building allows for an expanded audience in the hall of up to 3,000. The shell’s entire ceiling operates as an occupiable theatrical deck with rigging and structural capacity throughout. Large operable doors on the Plaza level allow for engagement with the public areas to the east and north when open.
When the shell is nested over the base building, the 19,500-square-foot plaza will be open public space that can be used for outdoor programming; the eastern façade can serve as a backdrop for projection with lighting and sound support. The Plaza is equipped with distributed power supply for outdoor functions.
The fixed base building includes two expansive column-free galleries comprising 25,000 square feet of museum-quality space (operable east walls can conjoin the galleries with the deployed shell to accommodate space or seating needs for extra large-scale events); a versatile 500-seat theater; a rehearsal space; a lab for the creation of new work for early career artists in New York City; and a sky-lit event space.
The building is able to expand and contract by rolling the telescoping shell on rails. The Shed’s kinetic system is inspired by the industrial past of the High Line and the West Side Railyard. Through the use of conventional building systems for the fixed structure and adapting gantry crane technology to activate the outer shell, the institution is able accommodate large-scale indoor and open-air programming on demand.
The Shed takes inspiration from the Fun Palace, the influential but unrealized building-machine (1964) by British architect Cedric Price and theater director Joan Littlewood. Like its precursor, The Shed is conceived as open infrastructure that can be permanently flexible for an unknowable future. The Shed’s ‘plug and play’ capability allows it to be responsive to variability in scale, media, technology, and the evolving needs of artists.
The Shed is adjacent to 15 Hudson Yards, a residential tower which contains the building’s back-of-house needs, enabling the entirety of The Shed to be devoted to programming.
200,000 SQF deployed
180,000 SQF nested
Design and Construction Team
in collaboration with Rockwell Group
|Kinetic Systems Consultant|
|MEP & Fire Protection Consultant|
|Energy Modeling Consultant|
|Acoustics / Audio / Visual Consultant|
- New York Times May 24th 2017 Michael Bloomberg Gives $75 Million to Shed Arts Center
- Architectural Record May 24th 2017 An Early Look at New York’s Adventurous New Arts Facility, the Shed
- Curbed New York May 24th 2017 Hudson Yards's Shed gets a major financial boost from ex-mayor Bloomberg
- Archdaily August 1st 2016 Watch How Diller Scofidio + Renfro's "Shed" Transforms at New York's High Line
- New York Times November 24th 2014 Alex Poots to Be Culture Shed’s Artistic Director