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Friday, April 19, 2019
05/04/2019

Diller Scofidio + Renfro, The Shed in New York

 
The western end of Manhattan, where the High Line meets Hudson Yards, is the home of The Shed, a new center for artistic creation and research designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro in collaboration with Rockwell Group. The complex. With six levels for cultural programs and for all types of performing and visual arts, the building is covered with a mobile shell that can colonize the adjacent plaza, generating a space for large-scale interventions. The proposal is embedded in the base of an adjoining residential tower and offers a wide range of possible configurations, which guarantee the center’s adaptation to future needs.

The new art center is inspired by Cedric Price’s Fun Palace, with a design adaptable to the variation of means and needs of artists. Its 18,500 m² include gallery spaces, a theater, a rehearsal area, a creative laboratory, and a space for events.

The building has a telescopic cover that, when deployed, sliding from its initial position at the base edifice along rails to colonize the adjacent plaza, doubles the footprint of the center adding 1,600 m² for large-scale performances.

The mobile shell consists of a steel mesh frame and huge ethylene tetrafluoroethylene (ETFE) cushions up to 70 meters long. The movement system is based on the mechanism of the gantry cranes, common in the naval and rail sectors.

The 4,040-tonne mobile casing rests on 6 bogies (sets of two or three pairs of wheels, on axles close to each other, parallel and in solidarity with each other, designed to run on rails) with wheels of 1.80 m diameter made of hardened forged steel.

For its displacement, the envelope has twelve engines of 15 horses, totaling 180. The deployment lasts five minutes at a maximum speed of 0.4km/h, and the system is run by a secure wireless remote and back-up hardware controls.
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