The BIG Maze at the National Building Museum in Washington DC gets easier the closer you get to the middleThe London List

By Sam Bathe on 8 Jul 2014


Located inside the West Court of the National Building Museum‘s Great Hall, the Washington DC institution have just opened a giant concave wooden maze. Designed by Bjarke Ingels of Danish architecture firm, BIG, the BIG Maze spans 18-square-meters and is made entirely from Baltic Birch plywood. “The concept is simple: as you travel deeper into a maze, your path typically becomes more convoluted,” explains Ingels, “what if we invert this scenario and create a maze that brings clarity and visual understanding upon reaching the heart of the labyrinth?” 18-foot-tall walls shield the maze from the outside, but as you approach the middle they shrink to just shoulder height, revealing a 360 degree view of the confusing path. The BIG Maze is open until September 1st.

Find out more on the National Building Museum’s website:
National Building Museum, 401 F Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20001

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