The Shed Continues Moving Towards its Opening in 2019

by Michael Eddy

The Shed is a unique and flexible building being built in New York City and scheduled to open in the spring of 2019. This 21st century performing arts center, located on the west side of Manhattan over the Hudson Rail Yards and next to the High Line park and promenade, has been designed by architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro in collaboration with the Rockwell Group. Featuring a telescoping shell on rails, which will enable the structure to expand or contract to accommodate the needs of a vast range of performance, visual art, events, and multidisciplinary work is designed to physically transform to support artists’ visions and enable collaborations across disciplines, all under—or outside of—one roof. See what The Shed is and what it is envisioned to become...


The architects’ design for this innovative and flexible $435 million building's 200,000-square-foot home comprises an eight-level base structure and a telescoping outer shell. The base building holds two expansive, column-free galleries totaling 25,000 square feet of museum-quality space; a 500-seat black-box theater that can be subdivided into even more intimate spaces; event and rehearsal spaces; and a creative lab that will be provided free to early-career local artists. The telescoping outer shell can be deployed over the adjoining 20,000-square-foot plaza to create a 17,000-square-foot light-, sound-, and temperature-controlled hall that can serve an infinite variety of artists’ needs and uses, including as a theater seating 1,250 people or a standing audience of up to 3,000 people. Its ceiling acts as a theatrical deck, allowing for rigging across the entire volume of space above performers and audiences, as well as light and sound control. When the space is not needed, the shell can nest over the base building, freeing the plaza for outdoor use and programming.

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Also, here’s a video of The Shed’s eight-million-pound shell moving for the first time: