The BIG Maze by BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group
by Harry / July 9, 2014


The deeper one travels into the BIG Maze the greater the clarity and visual understanding upon reaching its heart.



Details: A life-size indoor maze in the National Building Museum in Washington by BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group offers a glimpse into an upcoming BIG exhibition at the Museum in early 2015.


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Inspired by ancient labyrinths, gardens and hedge mazes of 17th - 18th-century Europe, and modern American corn mazes, the BIG Maze is located in the Museum's historic Great Hall.


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The distinctive maze "offers visitors a chance to physically interact with the work of a cutting-edge, international design firm," said Chase W. Rynd, executive director of the National Building Museum.


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"The concept is simple: 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" says Bjarke Ingels, Founding Partner of BIG.


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From outside, the maze's cube-like form hides the final reveal behind its 20-foot-tall walls. 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.


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The 57x57 feet installation of Baltic birch plywood is open from July 4th to September 1st, 2014. The BIG Exhibition opens in January 2015.


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Source: Photos by Kevin Allen, Chi Chi Lin.

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