DS+R and Rockwell Group Release New Imagery of The Shed in New York

The McCourt inside The Shed will accommodate up to 3,000 people. All images courtesy DS+R in collaboration with Rockwell Group.

Diller Scofidio + Renfro (DS+R) and Rockwell Group have revealed new renderings of The Shed at Hudson Yards in New York. Designed to expand and contract with a telescoping shell on rails, the cultural hub was recently outfitted with ETFE paneling ahead of its spring 2019 completion date. The shell will comprise a diagrid frame of exposed steel, a Teflon-based polymer, and six large wheels.

Image courtesy DS+R in collaboration with Rockwell Group.

The new imagery depicts the 200,000-square-foot interdisciplinary arts structure’s internal galleries and expansive event spaces. Also highlighted in the new renderings is the McCourt, the event area named for businessman Frank McCourt Jr., who provided $45 million in funding for the project. It will be equipped with 1,250 seats, a standing capacity of 2,700, and space to accommodate up to 3,000 people when combined with the gallery space on the main level. The extended shell will feature light, sound, and temperature controls as well as a theatrical deck outfitted into the ceiling. Galleries on the fourth floor will include 19-foot-tall ceilings, while the sixth floor will be home to a 500-person theater that can be transformed into two 200-seat theaters.

Images courtesy DS+R in collaboration with Rockwell Group.

The Shed is conceived as a spiritual successor Cedric Price’s “Fun Palace” framework, which embodied versatility and flexibility to host a wide spectrum of programming. Among its inaugural artistic commissions from filmmaker Steve McQueen, poet Anne Carson, and pop star Sia.