West Side project wins grant for urban design project
US ‘National Endowment for the Arts’ announces $3 million in grants to city governments and other organisations around the country for urban design projects, including $100,000 for advanced work on a cultural building planned as part of the redevelopment of the Hudson Yards on the West Side of Manhattan. The idea for the building, which has been little noted in the New York cultural world until now, envisions a new breed of cultural site — a combination of museum and rental exhibition space, which would be self-supporting.
The building, called Culture Shed, was conceived and is being designed by Diller Scofidio & Renfro, in partnership with the Rockwell Group, for the Hudson Yards Development Corporation. The five-story building will cover a footprint of 22,000 square feet with two deployable outer sheds that fit over the base and can be rolled from their nested positions on tracks on the east and west sides of the base building resulting in an exhibition hall of more than 55,000 square feet.
There are claims that the building will not be used exclusively for visual art, but will be used as a timeshare and not in affiliation with any one institution, but multiple cultural partners such as the Tate Modern in London. So far, many other cultural institutions throughout the US and Europe have expressed an interest.
Wendy Leventer, senior vice president for planning and design at Hudson Yards Development, said, “We think the design team has come up with an idea that really has tremendous potential.” The grants will also support 20 other projects around the country, including the creation of an arts and culture campus on part of a former Bethlehem Steel plant in Bethlehem, PA. and the development of a building with affordable housing for artists in downtown Los Angeles.
The Hudson Yards Development Corporation (HYDC) is a not-for-profit entity created by the City of New York in 2005 to oversee the redevelopment of the Hudson Yards district, a 360-acre mixed-use site bordered by 42nd and 28th Streets and 8th Avenue and the Hudson River. To date, HYDC activities have included coordination with several NYC authorities, including the Department of Parks and Recreation, to design four acres of neighbourhood green space. It is thought that the new building will enhance the city's capacity to present a wide range of cultural programming and act as an integrated presenting space.