Yesterday the National Endowment for the Arts doled out $3 million to urban design projects around the country, including a little-publicized plan for a spectacular new museum and multi-function outdoor exhibition space at the north edge of the West Chelsea gallery district. The building, dubbed Culture Shed (modeled at right), was designed by High Line architects Diller Scofidio & Renfro, and would sit across 30th Street from the northernmost section of the elevated park and across the West Side Highway from the Hudson, between Eleventh and Twelfth Avenue on a site that’s currently a parking lot.
The space would be used as a temporary space for other institutions to display works from their collections (London’s Tate has been mentioned…), and it the design features two translucent nesting table-like sheds that could be rolled out from over the 5-story building to create a covered public plaza for outdoor exhibitions and performances. The $100,000 from the NEA will help the project move into place to start construction in 2012. Between this and the new Whitney building at the opposite end of the High Line, the Chelsea art scene seems far from saturated. (Curbed)