NYC’s latest cultural Shed set for the big move

March 27, 2019

New York City’s newest performing arts center, the Shed, is designed to physically transform to support artists’ most ambitious ideas. Photo © Brett Beyer[1]
New York City’s newest performing arts center, the Shed, is designed to physically transform to support artists’ most ambitious ideas.
Photo © Brett Beyer

Opening on April 5 in New York City, the Shed[2] is designed for 21st century artists in the performing and visual arts space.

The Shed is a movable structure designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro[3] (lead architect), and the Rockwell Group[4] (collaborating architect). The 18,500-m2 (200,000-sf) structure can physically transform to support artists’ most ambitious ideas.

The Shed’s eight-level base structure, in the Bloomberg Building, includes two expansive, column-free galleries totaling 2340 m2 (25,000 sf) of space, and a 500-seat theater. The top floor houses to the Tisch Skylights for events and artist rehearsals and the Tisch Lab for artist development.

A movable outer shell can double the building’s footprint when deployed over the adjoining plaza to create the McCourt, a 1600-m² (17,000-sf) light-, sound-, and temperature-controlled space.

The McCourt is the Shed’s most iconic space and can accommodate audiences ranging from 1250 seated to over 2000 standing. When the space is not needed, the movable shell can nest over the base building, this opening the plaza for outdoor use and programming.

The movable shell travels on a double-wheel track based on gantry crane technology commonly found in shipping ports and railway systems. A rack-and-pinion drive moves the shell forward and back on four single-axle and two double-axle bogie wheels measuring 2 m (6 ft) in diameter. The exposed steel diagrid frame of the movable shell is clad in translucent pillows of durable and lightweight ethylene tetrafluoroethylene (ETFE). With the thermal properties of insulating glass at a fraction of the weight, the translucent ETFE allows light to pass through and can withstand hurricane-force winds.

Endnotes:
  1. [Image]: https://www.constructionspecifier.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/4b7b70f325b7cae93cd1cc4c0d562e6949649d3f-6697x4464.jpg
  2. the Shed: https://theshed.org/
  3. Diller Scofidio + Renfro: https://dsrny.com/
  4. Rockwell Group: https://www.rockwellgroup.com/

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