See It Now: The Big Maze at the National Building Museum

The Big Maze |
This summer the National Building Museum in Washington D.C. is playing host to an unusual, architect-designed labyrinth that actually gets easier to navigate as you get closer to its center. Danish starchitect Bjarke Ingels, who's best known for designing gravity defying towers and biomorphic housing complexes, has embraced significantly humbler materials and scale for this interactive installation.

Set up in the museum's historic Great Hall, the 60-by-60-foot wooden structure carves a unique concave form. The walls are 18 feet tall at the outer edge and slope downward as you move towards the center, lowering the sightline and revealing all possible paths. Ingels explains, "As you travel deeper into a maze, your path typically becomes more convoluted. What if we invert this scenario and create a maze that brings clarity and visual understanding upon reaching the heart of the labyrinth?" It will certainly ease the nerves of those traumatized by mazes of the endless corn variety. 

Check it out before September 1 at the National Building Museum.
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