Sited along the High Line at 30th street, The Shed is New York’s new home for artistic invention. The Shed is a 200,000-square-foot facility designed to physically and operationally accommodate the broadest range of performance, visual art, and multi-disciplinary work.
The structure comprises two principal components: a six-level fixed building, and a telescoping outer shell that deploys over the adjoining plaza to provide a 120-foot-high, light-, sound- and temperature-controlled hall that can serve an infinite variety of needs and uses, including a theater seating 1,250. The fixed building includes two large scale column-free galleries comprising 25,000 square feet of museum-quality space; a 500-seat theater; event and rehearsal space; and a free lab for the creation of new work for early career artists in New York City.
The building is able to expand and contract by rolling the telescoping shell on rails. 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
When nested, the Shed provides a 20,000-square-foot public plaza. The Shed is adjacent to 15 Hudson Yards, a residential tower also designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro in collaboration with Rockwell Group, which contains the building’s back-of-house needs and enables the entirety of The Shed to be devoted to programming.