New images of The Shed at Hudson Yards by Diller Scofidio + Renfro

The Shed under construction as seen from the High Line, February 2018. Photograph by Ed Lederman
13/03/2018
New images of The Shed at Hudson Yards by Diller Scofidio + Renfro
[NYC] USA
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The Shed under construction as seen from the High Line, February 2018. Photograph by Ed Lederman

New images and details of "The Shed" have been presented at Hudson Yards, just as the first ETFE elements begin to be installed in the enclosure structure, as a preliminary phase to its completion scheduled for the spring of 2019.

Designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro in collaboration with Rockwell Group, the 18,500 sqm cultural center was designed as an heir to the avant-garde "Fun Palace" project designed by Cedric Price, an adaptive structure that could be moved to accommodate different types of events.

The Shed, New York’s new center for artistic invention, is a building that 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, a creative lab for artists, and a sky-lit event space. The shell forms a vast hall that accommodates large-scale performances, installations, and events.
 

Description of project by Diller Scofidio + Renfro

Opening in spring 2019, The Shed will be New York’s first arts center dedicated to commissioning, producing, and presenting all types of performing arts, visual arts, and popular culture. The Shed’s building— an innovative 200,000-square-foot (18,500 m²) structure designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro in collaboration with Rockwell Group—is designed to physically transform to support artists' most ambitious ideas. Its eight-level base building includes two levels of gallery space, a versatile theater, a rehearsal space, a creative lab, and a skylit event space; a telescoping outer shell can deploy from its position over the base building and glide along rails onto an adjoining plaza to double the building’s footprint for 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 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 to accommodate large-scale indoor and open-air programming on demand.

The Shed takes inspiration, architecturally, from the Fun Palace, the influential but unrealized building-machine conceived by British architect Cedric Price and theater director Joan Littlewood in the 1960s. Like its precursor, The Shed’s open infrastructure can be permanently flexible for an unknowable future and responsive to variability in scale, media, technology, and the evolving needs of artists.

The Shed’s back-of-house spaces, which include offices, mechanical spaces, dressing rooms, and storage, are located on Level 1 and the lower levels of the residential tower to the west, 15 Hudson Yards (also designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro in collaboration with Rockwell Group). This allows the bulk of The Shed’s base building to be devoted to programmable space for art.

Architects
Diller Scofidio + Renfro in collaboratio
n with Rockwell Group
Collaborators
Structural Engineer.- Thornton Tomasetti
. Kinetic Systems Consultant.- Hardesty & Hanover. MEP & Fire Protection Consultant.- Jaros Baum & Bolles. Energy Modeling Consultant.- Vidaris. Lighting Consultant.- Tillotson Design Associates. Acoustics / Audio / Visual Consultant.- Akustiks. Theater Consultant.- Fisher Dachs
Dates
Completion.- 2019 Groundbreaking.- 2015
The Shed under construction as seen from the High Line, February 2018. Photograph by Ed LedermanThe Shed under construction, view of The McCourt, February 2018. Photo by Timothy SchenckThe Shed under construction as seen from the south, February 2018. Photo by Timothy SchenckThe Shed under construction. February 2018. Photo by Ed LedermanThe Shed under construction as seen from the north, February 2018. Photo by Timothy SchenckRendering of The McCourt, courtesy of Diller Scofidio + Renfro in collaboration with Rockwell GroupRendering of the Gallery on Level 4, courtesy of Diller Scofidio + Renfro in collaboration with Rockwell GroupRendering of The McCourt with seating, courtesy of Diller Scofidio + Renfro in collaboration with Rockwell GroupRendering of The McCourt with standing room, courtesy of Diller Scofidio + Renfro in collaboration with Rockwell Group

DILLER

Elizabeth Diller, (Poland,1954), a founding Partner of DillerScofidio+Renfro, attended The Cooper Union School of Art and received a Bachelor of Architecture from the Cooper Union School of Architecture. Ms. Diller is a Professor of Architecture at Princeton University. She married with Ricardo Scofidio.

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SCOFIDIO

Ricardo Scofidio, AIA (New York,1935), a founding Partner of DillerScofidio+Renfro, attended The Cooper Union School of Architecture and received a Bachelor of Architecture from Columbia University. Mr. Scofidio is Professor Emeritus of Architecture at Cooper Union. He is married to Elizabeth Diller.

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RENFRO

Charles Renfro, AIA (Baytown, Texas in 1964), joined the studio DillerScofidio+Renfro in 1997 and became Partner in 2004. He attended Rice University and received a Master of Architecture degree from Columbia University. Mr. Renfro is currently a Visiting Professor at Parsons New School for Design.

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