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2012 Design Awards

Design Award Recipients 2012

Culture Shed

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Hudson Yards, 545 West 30th Street, Manhattan

A Project of the Department of Cultural Affairs

Diller Scofidio + Renfro

Rockwell Group

Culture Shed is a flexible visual and performing arts space abutting the High Line at the southern edge of Hudson Yards. The facility features five stories of column-free gallery and event space enveloped by a deployable ETFE (Ethylene Tetrafluoroethylene) shed structure. When extended using gantry technology along tracks embedded in the adjacent plaza, the shed forms a vast open-air pavilion capable of hosting a variety of programming. With lobbies at street level on 30th Street and on the elevated plaza of the decked-over rail yards, Culture Shed serves as a physical and cultural connection to the surrounding neighborhood.

Design Team 

Diller Scofidio + Renfro
Elizabeth Diller, Principal-in-Charge; Robert Katchur, Project Leader; David Allin, Senior Associate; John Newman, Senior Associate; Neil Thelen, Associate; David Chacon, Senior Architect; Annie Coombs, Designer; Jason Dannenbring, Designer; Andrew Domnitz, Designer; Michael Hundsnurscher, Designer; Chris Kupski, Designer; Matt Ostrow, Designer; Mike Robitz, Designer

Rockwell Group
David Rockwell, President; Peter Himmelstein, Studio Leader; Julia Choi, Team Member; Evan Tribus, Designer

Thornton Tomasetti
Thomas Scarangello, Principal-in-Charge; Eli Gottlieb, Principal; Thomas Duffy, Senior Vice President; Scott Lomax, Vice President; William Cooch, Engineer

Hardesty & Hanover
David Tuckman, Principal Associate

Jaros Baum & Bolles
Mark Torre, Principal-in-Charge/Electrical Engineer; Augie DiGiacomo, Principal Engineer; Richard Weindel, Project Mechanical Engineer; Jennifer Arcario, Project Electrical Engineer; Philip Parisi Jr., Project Plumbing Engineer

Department of Cultural Affairs
Kate D. Levin, Commissioner; Margaret Morton, Deputy Commissioner; Andrew Burmeister, Assistant Commissioner for Capital Projects; Stephanie Brown, Assistant to the Commissioner; David Bryant, Capital Project Manager & Design Commission Liaison