Editor’s Note: The Shed is shaping up to be one of the most intriguing elements of the Hudson Yards development. The building, designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro (DSR) in collaboration with the Rockwell Group, will house art exhibitions, theater, and other cultural programming; operating as an independent non-profit cultural organization. Architectural Record gives us a peek at the newly unveiled designs for the building, which, with its flexible spaces and moving parts, was inspired by an “unbuilt design for a building as machine.” Image: The Shed and Lawrence Weiner’s IN FRONT OF ITSELF (rendering). Image courtesy Diller Scofidio + Renfro in collaboration with Rockwell Group.
The 8-level building’s most striking feature will be its translucent shell, composed of a steel diagrid frame and clad in pillows of ETFE, that can be rolled out over the adjacent plaza to form an enormous space for showing almost any imaginable performance or art installation. The vast 17,000 square foot “room”—which would become 30,000 square feet when combined with a floor of the base building—will allow for climate, light and sound-control. [Read more]