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Delve into The BIG Maze at the National Building Museum in Washington D.C.
Posted: Thursday, July 10, 2014 |

A life-size maze like the one BIG installed in partnership with the National Building Museum will attract plenty of attention, regardless if people know who BIG is or not.

Constructed in the museum's iconic Great Hall, the maze was set up as an interactive sneakpeek for BIG's exhibition scheduled to open at the museum in January 2015. The exhibition will display around 90 projects situated in the arches throughout the Great Hall.

The maze opened to the public on July 4 and will run until September 1.

Check out some photos below.

Photo by Kevin Allen

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Photo by Kevin Allen

"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 National Building Museum’s historic Great Hall.

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."

Photo by Kevin Allen

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Photo by Kevin Allen

Photo by Kevin Allen

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Photo by Kevin Allen

Photo by Kevin Allen

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Photo by Kevin Allen

"'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” — Bjarke Ingels, Founding Partner, BIG.'"

Photo by Kevin Allen

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Photo by Kevin Allen

Project credits:

Collaborators
Contractors: Clark Construction, Davis, Glass Construction, GCS Inc., Grunley Construction, Sigal 
Materials: Home Depot Foundation  Cost Estimation: Cumming, VJ Associates 
Structural Engineering: Robert Silman Associates 
Live-Streaming Multimedia: Earthcam 
Support: The American Institute of Architects, STUDIOS Architecture    

BIG Credit List 
Partners-in-Charge: Bjarke Ingels, Kai-Uwe Bergmann 
Project Leader: Chi-Chi Lin 
Team: Ziad Shehab, Thea Gasseholm, Annette Miller    

National Building Museum Credit List 
Project Director: Cathy Crane Frankel 
Master Carpenter: Chris Maclay 
Team: Lily Feinberg, Mary Hendrickse, Sarah Leavitt, Jamee Telford, Vladimir Zabavskiy

All images courtesy of BIG.

Click the thumbnails below for more project images.

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