The Shed, New York City

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When we first learned about the High Line it was at a moment in time when we were designing a hotel in a historic section of a south Indian harbor town, with pedestrian zones intersecting with vibrant merchant and other urban realities; the High Line served as an inspirational benchmark for thinking about public spaces creatively.

Just now, for a new project, a colleague referred us to the Rockwell Group’s hospitality practice to see an example of another relevant benchmark, and while exploring their website we came across the project they are engaging in with the designers of the High Line, giving us a new objective for the next visit to New York City:

Currently under construction on the far west side of Manhattan where the High Line meets Hudson Yards, The Shed will be housed in a 200,000-square-foot, six-level structure designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro in collaboration with Rockwell Group. The radically flexible design of the performative structure can physically and operationally accommodate the broadest range of performance, visual art, music, and multi-disciplinary work.

Purpose-built to complement The Shed’s programmatic vision, the building is designed to operate in various configurations and to offer multiple events simultaneously.

And in that section of their website there is this excellent review in the New York Times, which we missed last month:

The Shed Announces Its First Art Commissions

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JULY 19, 2016

On Tuesday, the Shed announced the first of its commissions, starting with the conceptual artist Lawrence Weiner, who is producing a new work that will be unveiled when the building opens.

While the arts center on the Far West Side now known as the Shed – formerly Culture Shed – has been on the boards for some time, its content has remained unclear. Now some of that programming is beginning to take shape.

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The Shed is due to open in spring 2019. Diller Scofidio + Renfro in collaboration with Rockwell Group

And the Shed, which is nonprofit, has started a three-year collaboration with Reggie Gray, also known as Regg Roc, and the D.R.E.A.M. Ring (short for Dance Rules Everything Around Me), forming a free, citywide residency program for young people. This collaboration, FlexNYC, will begin in this fall.

“I wanted to start our work in and around New York with young people,” said Alex Poots, the Shed’s founding artistic director and chief executive. Since Mr. Weiner once worked on the docks, Mr. Poots added, “I just felt like he understood the past, present and future of that part of the city.”

Currently under construction where the High Line meets Hudson Yards, the 200,000-square-foot Shed will present performance, visual art, music and multidisciplinary work. Designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro in collaboration with Rockwell Group, the building is due to open in spring 2019 and has so far raised more than $326 million toward the total construction costs of $425 million.

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