The Shed’s Bloomberg Building, designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Lead Architect, and Rockwell Group, Collaborating Architect, is an innovative 200,000-square-foot structure that physically transforms to support artists’ most ambitious ideas.
The McCourt, The Shed’s most iconic space, is formed when the movable outer shell is deployed over the adjoining plaza to create a 17,000-square-foot light-, sound-, and temperature-controlled hall for large-scale performances, installations, and events. The empty space can hold an audience of up to 2,220 and accommodate a standing audience of approximately 1,200 (900 in the lower McCourt). (Please note: During events, the 2,200 capacity does not account for staging, back-of-house set-up, etc.)
The Level 2 and Level 4 Galleries, totaling 25,000 square feet, are expansive, column-free, museum-quality spaces.
The Kenneth C. Griffin Theater, on Level 6, can seat 500 people and be subdivided into more intimate spaces to suit the needs of a range of productions and installations.
The Tisch Skylights and Lab, on the top floor, are striking spaces for events, rehearsals, and artist development that seat approximately 450 people, with standing room for 750.
The Plaza can be used as an outdoor public space for programming when the movable shell is retracted to nest over the base building. It features The Shed’s first visual art commission, IN FRONT OF ITSELF, a large-scale, site-specific work by Lawrence Weiner fabricated with custom paving stones.
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 that measure six feet in diameter; the deployment of the shell takes approximately five minutes. The exposed steel diagrid frame of the movable shell is clad in translucent pillows of durable and lightweight Teflon-based polymer, called 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. Measuring almost 70 feet (21 meters) in length in some areas, The Shed’s ETFE panels are some of the largest ever produced.
Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Lead Architect, is an interdisciplinary design studio that integrates architecture, the visual arts, and the performing arts. The firm established its identity through theoretical and self-generated projects before leading significant architecture projects such as the redesign of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and the High Line in New York, and The Broad museum in downtown Los Angeles. The studio’s current and recent projects also include the London Centre for Music and V&A East Collection and Research Centre, both in London; Adelaide Contemporary in South Australia; Zaryadye Park in Moscow; the Museum of Image and Sound on Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro; and the renovation and expansion of MoMA and Roy and Diana Vagelos Education Center, both in New York. For their commitment to merging art, architecture, and culture, founding partners Elizabeth Diller and Ricardo Scofidio were the first in the field of architecture to be recognized with the MacArthur Foundation Fellowship.
Rockwell Group, Collaborating Architect, is a 250-person cross-disciplinary architecture and design firm that emphasizes invention and thought leadership. The studio merges architecture, theater, craftsmanship, and technology to create unique narratives for its work, which includes hospitality, luxury residential, airport terminals, cultural institutions, set design, products, exhibitions, and festivals. Recent projects include the TED Theater (Vancouver, BC), NeueHouse (New York, Hollywood, and London), and set designs for On The Twentieth Century, Kinky Boots, and She Loves Me, for which David Rockwell won the 2016 Tony Award for Best Scenic Design. Other honors include the AIA New York Chapter President’s Award, the Cooper Hewitt National Design Award, and the Presidential Design Award.
Recently completed, glass windows are now installed along the length of the building’s 30th Street lobby. Installation of the plaza’s paving stones will begin in November, which will form The Shed’s first visual art commission, IN FRONT OF ITSELF, by Lawrence Weiner.
With the ETFE pillows completely installed on the east and north façades of the building’s movable shell, the last of the pillows and the shell’s glass doors will be put in place in the coming months.
Steel is erected for the movable shell; bogie wheel assemblies and façades for the base building and movable shell are installed; interior finishing begins.
Steel is erected for the base building; the rails for the movable shell are installed.
Construction of The Shed begins with the prefabrication of the structural steel.
Alex Poots is named as The Shed’s founding artistic director and CEO.
The Shed is incorporated as an independent non-profit organization.
Design for The Shed (originally known as Culture Shed) is unveiled.
Hudson Yards Development Corporation, created by the City of New York to transform the West Side Railyard into a mixed-use district, puts out a Request for Proposals for the cultural use of a lot on the south-eastern edge of the railyard, adjacent to the High Line. HYDC selects Diller Scofidio + Renfro in collaboration with Rockwell Group to develop their pioneering concept for a future-forward expandable and flexible building that could house the visual arts, performing arts, and creative industries under one roof.
Consultants & Contractors
Diller Scofidio + Renfro
Levien & Company
Sterling Project Development
Geller & Company
Financial Management and Consulting
Betty Chen, BYC Projects
Project Manager and Owner’s Advisor
Structure, Façade Engineering
Hardesty & Hanover
Jaros, Baum & Bolles Consulting Engineers
MEP and Fire Protection Engineering
Acoustics, Audio Visual, and Structured Cabling Engineering
Fisher Dachs Associates
Theater Planning and Design
Theater Programming and Operations Consultant
Adam F. Weiss
Strategies for Catering Success
Samuel Anderson Architects
Museum Programming and Operations Consultant
Vidaris Energy & Environmental
Energy Modeling and LEED Consulting
Tillotson Design Associates
Code Consultants, Inc.
Code, Fire, and Accessibility Consulting
James R. Gainfort
Building Code Consulting and Expediting
Simpson Gumpertz & Heger
Exterior Envelope Commissioning
Environmental and Geotechnical Consulting
Dalzell Creative Group
Van Duesen & Associates
Vertical Transportation Consulting
Construction Specifications, Inc.
Entek Engineering, LLC
Façade Maintenance Systems Engineering
Ross & Baruzzini
RLA Communications Engineering, LLC
Digital Antenna System Engineering
Building Systems and LEED Commissioning
Fixed Building Façade
Structural Steel and Kinetics
Vector Foiltec LLC
Shed Façade (ETFE)
Long Island Concrete, Inc.
Excavations and Foundations
Fire Protection and Sprinkler System
B&G Electrical Contractors
Thyssenkrupp Elevator Americas
Elevators and Escalators
Villa Construction, Inc.
Building Maintenance System
ASM Mechanical Systems
A.D. Winston Corp.
Chelsea Lighting, Inc.
Hoist and Scaffolding
Platforming and Scaffolding
Peace of Mind Technologies, LLC
National Fireproofing Insulation Co., Inc.
Building Maintenance Units
Arbon Equipment Corp.
Loading Dock Equipment
Salvio Construction Corp.
FCS Group, LLC
Rough Carpentry, Drywall, and Ceilings
City Safe Compliance Corp.
On-site Medical Services
External Wall and Building Consultants (EWBC)
Audio Visual Systems
WOHL Diversified Services
Universal Services Group, Ltd
United Structural Works, Inc.
Director Door Industries, Ltd
Hollow Metal Doors and Hardware
Eagle One Roofing
Accurate Specialty Metal Fabricators
Ornamental Metal, Blackened Steel, and Miscellaneous Steel