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.


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.


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.


"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.


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.


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


Source: Photos by Kevin Allen, Chi Chi Lin.


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