The best architecture takes into account more than just striking visuals and vanity height (in other words, the unusable, unoccupiable floors of a skyscraper built just for the sake of added height). While these factors are important and have an effect on people’s perception of the building, there’s more to architecture than just looks.
The Shed in New York City’s Hudson Yards certainly has a look, but architects at Diller Scofidio + Renfro took a deeper look during the design phase to provide not only something unique—but also thoughtful, utilitarian, and sustainable—to the heart of Manhattan.
The Bloomberg Building is a cultural and performing arts center that commissions works of art across all disciplines. The Shed has become an iconic portion of this landmark.
Let’s take a look at a couple key areas:
Ground Floor Entrance – Durability and Performance
The West 30th Street main vestibule entrance of The Shed, designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro, is located under the High Line park and features six pairs of Ellison Bronze custom balanced doors. These easy-operating doors lead to the building’s main lobby space with two additional balanced entries that lead to The McCourt and event spaces in the upper levels.
The balanced doors — extruded aluminum, narrow stile with 9/16” low-iron laminated glass—are ideal for this structure. Their minimal opening force allows for flocks of visitors to easily access the building and its event spaces. Plus, the durable aluminum frames and custom-crafted balanced hardware components will last for the life of the building with periodic maintenance checks.
Movable Shell – Performance and Innovation
The Shed’s notable retractable shell is constructed of steel and lightweight ETFE plastic “bubbles.” In terms of performance, this mobile exterior offers the benefits of traditional insulating glass without the weight. The shell opens and closes on eight metal wheels similar to that of a train—a thoughtful nod to the original Hudson Rail Yards over which The Shed is built.
According to Diller Scofidio + Renfro, the operable shell serves as a “light-, sound-, and temperature-controlled hall” that can be retracted or deployed relative to how much space an event needs. When retracted over the main portion of The Bloomberg Building, a 19,500-square-foot outdoor space becomes available—equipped with lighting, sound, and screen projection capabilities—to the public for shows and events.
The Shed’s flexible nature bodes well for the building’s potential as it can accommodate a range of activities, taking on a transformation depending on event type or size. Combined with quality products by trusted manufacturers and a design by industry-leading architectural minds, the future is bright for The Shed.
Ellison Bronze Inc. invented the balanced door in 1927. Today, Ellison leads the industry by providing custom marquee doors to the world’s most famous addresses. Made with the highest quality materials and unparalleled craftsmanship, Ellison doors are the standard to which all other commercial entry doors are compared worldwide.