Winter 2017 update: The building’s exterior will dramatically change over the upcoming months as the curtain wall and façade are put into place. Translucent pillows of durable ETFE (ethylene tetrafluoroethylene) will cover the steel frame of The Shed’s movable shell. With the thermal properties of insulating glass at a fraction of the weight, The Shed’s ETFE panels will be some of the largest ever produced measuring almost 70 feet in length in some areas. Almost all of the major operational equipment for the building has arrived at the site, and mechanical trades are now connecting it to ductwork, conduit, and piping throughout the structure.
2008: Hudson Yards Development Corporation, created by the City of New York to transform the West Side Railyard into a mixed-use district, puts out a Request for Proposals for the cultural use of a lot on the south-eastern edge of the railyard, adjacent to the High Line. HYDC selects Diller Scofidio + Renfro in collaboration with Rockwell Group to develop their pioneering concept for a future-forward expandable and flexible building that could house the visual arts, performing arts, and creative industries under one roof.
2011: Design for The Shed (originally known as Culture Shed) is unveiled.
2013: The Shed is incorporated as an independent non-profit organization.
2014: Alex Poots is named as The Shed’s founding artistic director and CEO.
2015: Construction of The Shed begins with the prefabrication of the structural steel.
2016: Steel is erected for the base building; the rails for the movable shell are installed.
2017: Steel is erected for the movable shell; bogie wheel assemblies and façades for the base building and movable shell are installed; interior finishing begins.
2018: Construction is anticipated to be completed by the end of the year.
2019: The Shed is projected to open in spring 2019.