The long-awaited Shed—an eight-level, flexible structure, designed to present an ambitious program of varied new work in the visual and performing arts—is set to open Friday, April 5 on a city-owned site next to the High Line in Manhattan, on the edge of Hudson Yards. For the $475-million building, with its immense, moveable steel shell, wrapped in ETFE panels, Diller Scofidio + Renfro is the lead architect and Rockwell Group is the collaborating architect.
The ETFE shell can extend the performing space out onto the adjacent plaza to accommodate a standing audience of as many as 2,000 people. It’s just one aspect of this unusually adaptable building, with changeable levels, seating and moveable walls, that will host a vast range of commissioned work, from hip hop to classical music; theatrical and dance productions; and art installations.
The opening season includes a new concert by Björk; a collaboration of composer Steve Reich and artist Gerhard Richter; and “Soundtrack of America,” a multi-part exploration of the impact of African-American music on American culture since the 17th century, created by the film director Steve McQueen.
Evening view of The Shed from 30th Street
Photography by Iwan Baan; Courtesy of The Shed
Time-lapse video of Hudson Yards construction courtesy of EarthCam