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There is an exclusive new neighborhood being unveiled on the west side of midtown Manhattan, in an area between 30th Street to the south, 41st Street to the north, Eleventh Avenue to the west, and Eighth Avenue to the east. It’s called Hudson Yards, and it’s the largest private real estate development in the US by area. There are sixteen planned structures, and the first phase opened this past March.

Phase one is comprised of a public green space, and eight structures that contain residences, a hotel, office buildings, a seven-story mall, and a cultural facility called The Shed. The second phase will include more residential space, another office building, and a school.

In my previous photo I showed the centerpiece of Hudson yards, which is the curious structure known as the Vessel. This photo shows a combination of three structures: the Vessel on the left, The Shed in the middle, and 15 Hudson Yards, a residential building, on the right.

The Shed is a very interesting building. It’s a cultural center with various spaces, and the building also features a giant retractable shell that can open and close. It uses six wheels on rails, each 6 feet (1.8 m) in diameter, and is powered by six 15-horsepower motors. When the shell is opened, it encompasses some of the public outdoor space to create a venue for large-scale performances that is twice the original size of the building. It is also very attractive to look at. The faηade is made of something called EFTE, a fluorine-based plastic that is very resistant to corrosion and wide temperature ranges.

In the WS is a wider view of the Shed.

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