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Culture Shed: NYC’s First Transforming Building?

Culture Shed: NYC’s First Transforming Building?
Arts & Culture

Might this proposed project become a new cultural cornerstone in Manhattan?

Dave Pinter, PSFK
  • 21 july 2010

News concerning the redevelopment of New York City’s Hudson Yards has been rather light since the plan to build an Olympic/football stadium evaporated a few years back. The site located on the West Side of Manhattan is adjacent to the Javits Convention Center and the eventual end point for the Highline Park making it a pretty desirable plot of land. Work on the massive 7 train subway extension to the area continues underground but above the rail yard looks pretty much in a state of stasis. But progress seems to be springing back to life again. Recently the US National Endowment for the Arts announced $3 million in grants to go towards urban design projects around the US. $100,000 of that is for a new project at the Hudson Yards called the ‘Culture Shed’.

The multi-use building will be a combination of museum, performance space, and exhibition site. The design is being developed by NYC firms Diller Scofidio & Renfro, in partnership with the Rockwell Group. The five story building has two deployable outer ‘sheds’ that roll on tracks to increase the overall size of the building to 55,000 square feet.

One other interesting twist is that occupancy of the building will function much like a timeshare. No one institution will oversee content. So for example if the Tate Modern in London wanted to stage a show, they would just reserve a block of time. Considering the site is within walking distance of the Javits Convention Center, the Shed might also be a perfect spot for satellite shows.

There are no details at this time of when construction might begin or a target completion date. Based on the location though, it is not hard to imagine a project like this being a huge success.

[via world architecture news]

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