BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group has completed a life-size indoor maze at the National Building Museum in Washington DC, a preview of the upcoming BIG exhibition at the institution in early 2015. It is installed in the museum's Great Hall.
The maze's walls become smaller as the visitor approaches the middle, which inverts traditional maze logic. From the outside, the maze’s cube-like form hides the interior behind its 20-foot-tall walls. On the inside, the walls slowly descend toward the center, which concludes with a grand reveal — a 360-degree understanding of your path in and how to get out. The 57x57-foot installation of Baltic birch plywood is now open until September 1.
The BIG maze is inspired by ancient labyrinths, gardens, and hedge mazes of 17th and 18th-century Europe, and modern American corn mazes. Explains Bjarke, “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.” The BIG exhibition opening in January 2015 will showcase around 90 projects that will hang in the Grand Hall, visible from the ground floor and available for closer viewing upstairs.
Check out this time lapse of the BIG Maze here...