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BIG Builds Mega Maze at National Building Museum

14 July, 2014

-By Holly O'Dell


Photography by Kevin Allen

Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) has created a large-scale maze within the historic Great Hall at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. The 3,600-square-foot maple plywood installation takes its inspiration from ancient labyrinths and the garden and hedge mazes of 17th- and 18th-century Europe.



“As you travel deeper into a maze, your path typically becomes more convoluted,” Bjarke Ingels said in a statement. “What if we invert this scenario and create a maze that brings clarity and visual understanding upon reaching the heart of the labyrinth?”



Viewed from the outside, the maze’s cube-like form hides the grand finale behind 18-foot-tall walls. From the inside, however, the walls slowly descend toward the center, ending with a 360-degree understanding of the path in and how to get out. Additionally, the structure’s design allows views into the maze from second- and third-floor balconies.



The maze also serves as a preview of an upcoming exhibit, called amBIGuity, which explores BIG’s architectural design process. It will open at the National Building Museum in early 2015.




BIG Builds Mega Maze at National Building Museum

14 July, 2014


Photography by Kevin Allen

Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) has created a large-scale maze within the historic Great Hall at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. The 3,600-square-foot maple plywood installation takes its inspiration from ancient labyrinths and the garden and hedge mazes of 17th- and 18th-century Europe.



“As you travel deeper into a maze, your path typically becomes more convoluted,” Bjarke Ingels said in a statement. “What if we invert this scenario and create a maze that brings clarity and visual understanding upon reaching the heart of the labyrinth?”



Viewed from the outside, the maze’s cube-like form hides the grand finale behind 18-foot-tall walls. From the inside, however, the walls slowly descend toward the center, ending with a 360-degree understanding of the path in and how to get out. Additionally, the structure’s design allows views into the maze from second- and third-floor balconies.



The maze also serves as a preview of an upcoming exhibit, called amBIGuity, which explores BIG’s architectural design process. It will open at the National Building Museum in early 2015.

 


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