How The Shed was made: The kinetic architecture of New York’s newest cultural institution
The Shed's concept is simple: It's the 120-foot tall building that moves. This idea is both its architectural hallmark and its metaphor for the future of culture. Opening on April 5th, New York City's half-billion dollar, hybrid museum-meets-performance space can shapeshift to double its indoor perimeter in five minutes.
The Shed, all disciplines, for all audiences. The Shed brings together established and emerging artists in fields ranging from hip hop to classical music, painting to digital media, theater to literature, and sculpture to dance in an unprecedented movable structure that adapts to support all kinds of inventive work under one roof.
The Shed is located where the High Line meets Hudson Yards, adjacent to 15 Hudson Yards and bordering the Public Square and Gardens.
The Shed’s Bloomberg Building, designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Lead Architect, and Rockwell Group, Collaborating Architect, can physically transform to support artists’ most ambitious ideas. Its eight-level base building includes two large gallery spaces; a versatile theater; and a rehearsal space, an artists’ lab, and a skylit event space, all in the Tisch Skylights.
A telescoping outer shell can deploy from over the base building and glide along rails onto an adjoining plaza to double the building’s footprint. The McCourt, an iconic space for large-scale performances, installations, and events created when the movable shell is deployed, can accommodate a seated audience of 1,250 or over 2,000 standing. The Plaza features The Shed’s first visual art commission, Lawrence Weiner’s IN FRONT OF ITSELF, fabricated with custom paving stones.