The Shed in Manhattan.
Thornton Tomasetti provided structural design, daylighting, façade engineering, construction engineering and kinetic engineering services for a new steel-framed building designed as the centerpiece of the 6.6-million-square-foot, mixed-use Hudson Yards Development project. Adjacent to the High Line and a new public plaza, the new 200,000-square-foot cultural facility is dedicated to the development and presentation of the visual and performing arts.
The Shed comprises two major elements: the four-story “fixed building” with museum quality exhibition spaces, and the “shed,” which when deployed provides an expanded, temperature-controlled space to accommodate large-scale art exhibitions, concerts, film screenings, and galas. It is designed with several independently operable elements that allow the facility to serve as a flexible multifunction space.
The Shed is defined by the geometry of the structural members on its north and south walls. The skin and roof is made of fritted ETFE cushions, a transparent, lightweight material that is more energy efficient and less costly than glass. Thornton Tomasetti proposed the use of ETFE systems for the cladding design based on its minimal weight, integrated shading, and superior strength, which allows for the development of a lighter and more efficient structural system that maximizes transparency without excessive heat gain or glare.
The fixed building consists of two cable net walls that span the entire building height, a specialty steel façade, and operable roof components. The systems were designed in collaboration between Thornton Tomasetti’s façade engineering, sustainability, structural and kinetics teams.
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