Fast Company's Diana Budds takes a look at a shape-shifting, nonprofit cultural venue currently in the works at Hudson Yards in new York.
Dubbed Shed, the space has been conceptualized as an open infrastructure, and can adapt to many different gatherings including a theatrical production, a gallery exhibition, a concert, or a fashion show. Architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro and Rockwell Group are behind the innovative design.
A mechanized 120-foot-tall telescoping roof set on a bogie—a type of chassis usually found on railroads—extends from the main structure to enclose part of the 20,000-square-foot public plaza adjacent to the building. Movable walls that raise up like garage doors and slide open allow the building to essentially become one big Tetrispuzzle in which the users can slot in stadium seating for up to 1,250 people—or leave open for a standing audience of 3,000.