Unveiled and Approved: The Hudson Yards Culture Shed

Related has received approval to incorporate the Hudson Yards Culture Shed into the site’s first residential tower, and the result is quite stunning. Designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro in collaboration with The Rockwell Group, the Culture Shed will extend from the base of the firm’s residential Corset Tower, and it’s expected to be completed in 2015.

The retractable facility will allow more permanent plaza space for the Hudson Yards, which will be very important given the future density. The Culture Shed will also be linked to the High Line, integrating the newly-famous park into New York’s premiere cultural venue.

Though not as notable as the Shed itself, the facility’s impact on the High Line experience will be dramatic. Come 2015, two major cultural landmarks will bookend the High LineThe Whitney Museum’s expansion in the Meatpacking District, and the Culture Shed. Taken together, these two projects will create a ‘cultural corridor’ that could become the most iconic tourist destination in New York.

This presents another problem, as the High Line is already quite crowded. Focusing on the High Line—which is quite narrow—and turning it into the center of an extremely dense neighborhood may be unwise, but it’s fair to say the walk will offer an unparalleled and awesome urban experience. Given the crowding, the High Line ‘walk’ may become more of a gradual shuffle.

The Hudson Yards Culture Shed
The Hudson Yards Culture Shed, DS+R Corset Tower in back, Image from Rockwell Group

The Hudson Yards Culture Shed
The Hudson Yards Culture Shed, Image from Rockwell Group

The Hudson Yards Culture Shed
The Hudson Yards Culture Shed, Image from the NYC Mayor’s Office
The Hudson Yards Culture Shed
The Hudson Yards Culture Shed, Image from the NYC Mayor’s Office

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