Lost in Design: BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group in D.C.

If you are looking for a unique museum experience, and have yet to check out the National Building Museum this summer, time is running out to enjoy this extraordinary exhibit! Esteemed Danish architecture firm, BIG, has built a 60 square foot plywood maze spanning the west end of the museum’s Great Hall.

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Image courtesy of BIG

Drawing from multiple precedents such as the Greek Labyrinth and Renaissance hedge mazes, architect Bjarke Ingles has designed a rare spectacle that visitors can become immersed, and lost in. The walls of the maze soar 18 feet high on the outskirts, creating a cubed exterior, leading visitors into the twist and turns of the maple plywood. The distinctive aspect of this maze design is the diminishing heights of the walls as you reach the central portion of the maze.

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Image courtesy of BIG

“As you travel deeper into a maze, your path typically becomes more convoluted. What if we invert this scenario and create a panopticon that brings clarity and visual understanding upon reaching the heart of the labyrinth? From outside, the maze’s cube-like form hides the final reveal behind its 18 foot tall walls. On the inside, the walls slowly descend towards the center which concludes with a grand reveal—a 360 degree understanding from where you came and where you shall go” –BIG team

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Images Courtesy of BIG

Enjoy the excitement of venturing through the maze and then climb to the 3rd floor of the museum to experience the birds eye view of your path.

The exhibit ends September 1st and all ticket information can be found on the National Building Museum website! Check out the evening events open on Thursdays this August!


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