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Transformable “Culture Shed” May Touch Down Near NYC’s High Line

A New York design duet between Diller Scofidio & Renfro and the Rockwell Group may soon bring a massive new arts space to Manhattan.

The perpetual buzz around New York City’s High Line continues with news that the National Endowment for the Arts will grant $100K to the planning of a new cultural building for the Hudson Yards redevelopment zone.

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A star-studded collaboration between Diller Scofidio & Renfro and the Rockwell Group, the Culture Shed will house visual arts exhibitions, performance space, and rentable event space. The five-story building will occupy 22,000 square feet of the 26-acre mixed-use site. Maybe the design’s biggest bit of wizardry: The shed is actually a series of nesting exterior sheds; when more space is needed, these can roll out on tracks.

While $100,000 will ultimately be a small fraction of the budget required to build such a grand space, it represents a commitment to supporting arts and cultural facilities in the large redevelopment area, which will ultimately residential and commercial buildings and public open space.

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