The Shed opened to the public last Friday

A new arts complex in New York called the Shed opened its doors to the public last week.

Designed by lead Diller Scofidio + Renfro, the US firm behind a planned new concert hall on the existing Museum of London site at the Barbican, and collaborating architect Rockwell Group the $475m (£364m) centre launched its first event, a five-night concert series on the influence of African American music directed by British film maker Steve McQueen.

The Shed’s spaces include two floors of galleries, the 500-seat Griffin Theatre, named after the chief executive of investment firm Citadel, Kenneth Griffin, who donated $25m (£19m) to the project and The McCourt, a multi-use hall for audiences ranging from 1,250 seated to more than 2,000 standing.