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Video via the New York Times

Over the past few years, Hudson Yards has become a hub of rapid innovation and change, from the completion of the 7 train station to the assembling of its upcoming beehive staircase. The epitome of this development is the Shed, a futuristic arts center to be located at the juncture between Hudson Yards and the High Line. Expected to open in 2019, the Shed will be like nothing New York City has seen before—a multi-arts center that can physically expand and contract with the needs of the art inside.

If you’re curious about what this looks like, watch it happen right before your eyes in a series of animations published by The New York Times and created by Diller Scofidio + Renfro, the Shed’s designers. See the Shed mesmerizingly glide and morph, evolving to accommodate different artwork and performances.

The animations below show the Shed springing out of its partnering skyscraper, gliding smoothly along its wheels in the backdrop of construction and busy streets. The animations offers unique views of the Shed’s movement—under, above, and from the side. You can almost envision the Shed moving along the same path after its completion, sleek, white, and modern.

Video via the New York Times

Video via the New York Times

Video via the New York Times

Video via the New York Times

Video via the New York Times

For a more concrete vision of what the Shed will look like in 2019, also check out the animation “Shed Fly Through,” released by Diller Scofidio + Renfro, shown below:

From the ground up, watch the Shed gradually being built piece by piece, with trucks moving equipment in and out of the area. The video then shows renderings of the Shed in action, from the moment it emerges from the adjacent building to after its completion, hosting different artistic performances with flashing lights and crowds making it realistic.

Most of the video displays renderings of artistic exhibits and performances that offer a colorful preview of exciting days to come at the Shed. What’s the most fascinating is how seamlessly the Shed morphs throughout the animation to accommodate these diverse art forms.

Upon completion, the Shed will offer an open-air space or a closed one sub-dividable to multiple smaller spaces. It will also offer gallery space, several theaters, and free rehearsal labs for up-and-coming artists, along with a hall that will allow for the manipulation of temperature, light, and sound.

In May, the Shed received a $75 million dollar donation from ex-mayor Michael Bloomberg, who believed the Shed will elevate the city’s status in these areas, allow different artists to present their work, and draw crowds attracted to new technology.

On its website, the Shed has branded itself as “the first 21st century center for the arts,” adding that it will “welcome those artists who take risks, advance their fields and address the significant issues of our time.”

Check out more in-progress pictures of the Shed, including its wheels, taken in May:

The Shed, under construction with view from The High Line

The wheels, already in place, show how the structure will expand and contract

And here are more renderings of the building:

Rendering for the Shed by Diller Scofio +Renfro

Rendering for the Shed by Diller Scofio +Renfro

Next, check out The Shed, A New Futuristic Art Center to Open at Hudson Yards Gets $75 Million from Michael Bloomberg and Pieces of Hudson Yards’ Future Beehive Installation Spotted At the High Line in NYC.

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