The Culture Shed will be an indoor-outdoor/assembly/performance space. It is composed of two parts: a fixed building that is a gallery space and a kinetic structure that can move outward to cover the adjacent plaza, creating a dynamic event space. The Shed’s walls will be clad in cushions of pressurized ETFE, a material we proposed based on its minimal weight and high strength. The ETFE will be coated with frit patterns that vary depending on the individual elements orientation. The patterns control daylight while minimizing glare and direct radiation into the event space. For our analysis we integrated the parametric capabilities of Grasshopper to generate the pattern, assign materials and control the analysis in Radiance, a validated, physically accurate light engine. Our skin studies provided an accurate simulation for both the technical performance as well as the aesthetic qualities of this landmark project.

CORE studio Services: Building Performance Analysis
Thornton Tomasetti Practices: Sustainability, Structural Engineering, Façade Engineering
Thornton Tomasetti Project Page: Culture Shed
Project Team: Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Rockwell Group