Lost and Found; BIG unveils maze at The National Building Museum, US

by Katie Buckley | 11 Jul 2014

Washington's National Building Museum in the US has revealed its latest exhibition – a complex wooden maze designed by Danish architecture firm Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) which fills the large West Court of the museum’s Great Hall

Taking inspiration from ancient labyrinths to european 17th-18th century hedge mazes, BIG has created a modern day riddle with the all important “great reveal” in the centre. At approximately 18ft (5.5m) high and measuring 60x60ft (18mx18m), the maze is designed in a such a way that the deeper you get into it, the more you can see; making it some what paradoxical.

From the centre of the maze, a visitor will be able to see, or take their best guess at finding a way out, the opposite to a conventional maze. Onlookers can have an aerial view of the action from the second and third floor balconies of the museum.

"The concept is simple: as you travel deeper into a maze, your path typically becomes more convoluted," said Bjarke Ingels. "What if we invert this scenario and create a maze that brings clarity and visual understanding upon reaching the heart of the labyrinth?"

The exhibition opened on 4 July and will be running until 1 September, prior to an exhibition on BIG, the history of its practice and its work.

Washington's National Building Museum in the US has revealed its latest exhibition – a complex wooden maze designed by Danish architecture firm Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) which fills the large West Court of the museum’s Great Hall Taking inspiration from ancient labyrinths to european 17th-18th century hedge mazes, BIG has created a modern day riddle with the all important “great reveal” in the centre. At approximately 18ft (5.5m) high and
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Lost and Found; BIG unveils maze at The National Building Museum, US
Washington's National Building Museum in the US has revealed its latest exhibition – a complex wooden maze designed by Danish architecture firm Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) which fills the large West Court of the Museum’s Great Hall