© The Shed / Photography: Iwan Baan

Hudson Yards is the talk of the town in New York City right now, and the good things it has brought discerning Manhattanites, just keep on coming. Adding to the magnificent architecture and abundance of shopping options, is a cultural venue that opens today, and aims to shake up the city’s arts scene by commissioning, producing, and presenting all types of performing arts, visual arts, and popular culture. It may be humbly called The Shed, but occupies a striking building by Diller Scofidio + Renfro and Rockwell Group – mind you, the two leading practices also designed the attached 70-storey residential structure known as Fifteen Hudson Yards – that adds to the location’s full-on splendour.

The building is marked by a distinctive telescopic shell created from billowing EFTE panels that’s able to slide outwards from the main building, creating additional indoor space whenever needed. Inside, visitors will come across a number of galleries, the 500-seat Griffin Theater, and last but not least, the McCourt, a 17,000 sq.ft. (1,57o sqm.) hall for large-scale performances and shows for audiences ranging from 1,250 seated to more than 2,000 standing. Additionally, a rehearsal space, lab for local artists, and event space can be found on the top floor. The Shed‘s ground floor lobby is home to a McNally Jackson bookshop and a bar called Cedric’s.

The venue’s inaugural commissions include Soundtrack of America, a five-night concert series conceived by director Steve McQueen at the McCourt, celebrating the huge impact of African American music on contemporary culture with performances by today’s most exciting emerging musicians, and Reich Richter Pärt, an immersive live performance installation in The Shed’s galleries. Composer Steve Reich and artist Gerhard Richter will debut a world premiere commission, as local groups Ensemble Signal and International Contemporary Ensemble will alternate performances of Reich’s new score in counterpoint with Richter’s new work. Location: The Shed, 545 West 30th Street (Chelsea).

© The Shed / Photography: Timothy Schenck