THE
SHED

NEW
YORK,
NY

The Shed is a nonprofit cultural organization that commissions, develops, and presents original works of art, across all disciplines, for all audiences. The Shed’s Bloomberg Building—an innovative 200,000-square-foot (18,500 m²) structure can physically transform to support artists’ most ambitious ideas. Visit theshed.org for tickets.

The Shed's eight-level base building includes two levels of gallery space; the versatile Griffin Theater; and The Tisch Skylights, which comprise a rehearsal space, a creative lab for local artists, and a skylit event space. The McCourt, an iconic space for large-scale performances, installations, and events, is formed when The Shed’s telescoping outer shell is deployed from over the base building and glides along rails onto the adjoining plaza.

The Shed + Architecture

When deployed, the Shed's shell creates a 17,200-square-foot light-, sound-, and temperature-controlled hall that can serve an infinite variety of uses. The hall can accommodate an audience of 1,200 seated or 2,700 standing; flexible overlap space in the two adjoining galleries of the base building allows for an expanded audience in the hall of up to 3,000. The shell’s entire ceiling operates as an occupiable theatrical deck with rigging and structural capacity throughout. Large operable doors on the Plaza level allow for engagement with the public areas to the east and north when open. 

When the Shed's shell is nested over the base building, the 19,500-square-foot plaza will be open public space that can be used for outdoor programming; the eastern façade can serve as a backdrop for projection with lighting and sound support. The Plaza is equipped with distributed power supply for outdoor functions. 

  • View from Level 4 to McCourt, Performance view of Soundtrack of America
    View from Level 4 to McCourt, Performance view of Soundtrack of America
  • View from McCourt from Level 6 Griffin Theater
    View from McCourt from Level 6 Griffin Theater

The Shed + Historical NYC

The building is able to expand and contract by rolling the telescoping shell on rails. The Shed’s kinetic system is inspired by the industrial past of the High Line and the West Side Railyard.  Through the use of conventional building systems for the fixed structure and adapting gantry crane technology to activate the outer shell, the institution is able to accommodate large-scale indoor and open-air programming on demand.

The Shed takes inspiration, architecturally, from the Fun Palace, the influential but unrealized building-machine conceived by British architect Cedric Price and theater director Joan Littlewood in the 1960s. Like its precursor, The Shed’s open infrastructure can be permanently flexible for an unknowable future and responsive to variability in scale, media, technology, and the evolving needs of artists.

The Shed’s back-of-house spaces, which include offices, mechanical spaces, dressing rooms, and storage, are located on Level 1 and the lower levels of the residential tower to the west, 15 Hudson Yards (designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Lead Architect and Rockwell Group, Lead Interior Architect). This allows the bulk of The Shed’s base building to be devoted to programmable space for art.

  • Installation View of Reich Richter Pärt, Level 2 Gallery
    Installation View of Reich Richter Pärt, Level 2 Gallery
  • Installation View of Reich Richter Pärt, Level 2 Gallery
    Installation View of Reich Richter Pärt, Level 2 Gallery
  • The Griffin Theater on Level 6. Stage set for Norma Jeane Baker of Troy, designed by Alex Eales.
    The Griffin Theater on Level 6. Stage set for Norma Jeane Baker of Troy, designed by Alex Eales.
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  • Installation view of Trisha Donnelly, Level 4 Gallery
  • Level 4 Viewing Gallery, View towards Hudson Railyards
  • Façade Detail: ETFE and Operable Walls
  • View of bogie in place on the rails
Project information
ClientThe ShedSize (GSF)200000
Location         The Shed, New York, United States
Milestones
design-proposal2008groundbreaking2015opening5th April 2019
External credits
Diller Scofidio + RenfroLead Architect
Rockwell GroupCollaborating Architect
Thornton TomasettiStructural Engineer
Hardesty & HanoverKinetic Systems Consultant
Jaros Baum & BollesMEP & Fire Protection Consultant
VidarisEnergy Modeling Consultant
Tillotson Design AssociatesLighting Consultant
AkustiksAcoustics / Audio / Visual Consultant
Fisher DachsTheater Consultant
CimolaiStructural Steel Fabricator
Sciame Construction, LLCConstruction Manager
    Photography by Timothy Schenck and Iwan Baan