A Maze in Downtown DC

April 3, 2014

The National Building Museum, with international architectural firm BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group, will install a maze that’s 18 feet high, measures 61 feet by 61 feet and is made of Baltic birch plywood inside its building on F Street NW. “From outside, the maze’s cube-like form hides the final reveal behind its 18-foot-tall walls,” a release states. “On the inside, the walls slowly descend towards the center which concludes with a grand reveal—a 360 degree understanding of your path in and how to get out.” The maze will open on July 4 and close in September.

“Inspired by ancient labyrinths, garden and hedge mazes of 17th and 18th-century Europe, and modern American corn mazes, this contemporary maze will be located in the West Court of the National Building Museum’s historic Great Hall,” according to the release. “In addition to viewing the maze from the ground floor, visitors will be able to get an unexpected aerial perspective from the Museum’s second- and third-floor balconies.”

The maze is meant to serve as a preview to an October 2014 exhibit on the Danish firm, BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group.


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