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The Shed

Prize(s) Winners in Exterior Architectural Illumination
Company Tillotson Design Associates
Lead Designers Suzan Tillotson, Erin Dreyfous, Megan Trimarchi
Architecture Company Diller Scofidio + Renfro (Lead
Photo Credits Brett Beyer, Iwan Baan, John Muggenborg
Other Credits Rockwell Group (Collaborating Architect)
Completion Date 04/05/2019
Project Location New York, NY
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Entry Description
This unique museum and performance hall is home to a non-profit organization that commissions original multi-disciplinary works of art. The fixed, eight-level building is comprised of exhibition, performance, and production spaces. Due to the complex nature of the art and infinite set-up scenarios, each space requires maximum flexibility of the lighting systems and controls. Gallery spaces employ continuous track-runs within the slatted architectural ceiling system, and track-head fixtures are customized with specific output, optics, and color-rendering LED chips to showcase a wide variety of mediums and colors.

An iconic ETFE structure nests around the building with the ability to deploy out over an open plaza to form an additional, large-scale performance venue. Due to the high reflectivity and transparency of the ETFE material, the Shed is softly illuminated by a series of individual LED accentlights recessed at the apex of each structural member that graze up the steel from the interior to provide an indirect glow at each ETFE pillow. This lighting effect is visible even when black-out shades are deployed for performances and when the shed is nested around the building.
Company Description
Tillotson Design Associates, founded in 2004, is a WBE lighting design consultancy based in New York City. A diverse staff with backgrounds in architecture, interior design, and theater, including several LEED accredited professionals, combine talents to create exemplary work. Together, our principals provide over 80 years of lighting expertise. The launch of Tillotson Design Associates came just after Ms. Tillotson completed lighting designs for the Seattle Central Public Library and Prada Beverly Hills with the Office for Metropolitan Architecture.