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The Hudson Yards development has been rising for a couple of years now, and while the completed project won’t join New York’s skyline until 2020 or thereabouts, it isn’t too soon to get excited about what to look forward to when it’s finally done. There will be a huge mall, and a permanent public sculpture that will supposedly rival the Eiffel Tower. But the most promising feature is likely to be The Shed, a cultural center slated to host exhibitions, concerts, performances and other events within a flexible space. And we do mean flexible: Half of the building designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro in collaboration with Rockwell Group consists of a glass canopy mounted on rails that telescopes out from a six-story structure fixed to the base of a high-rise tower. It can do a lot of other stuff, too, but rather than describe all of the functions this engineering marvel, we’ll leave it to this cool video to show you how The Shed (expected to open in 2019, barring delays) does it thing.
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