Danish architects BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group have created a life-size indoor maze at the National Building Museum in Washington, DC, offering a preview into an upcoming BIG exhibition at the Museum in early 2015.
“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, BIG.
Inspired by ancient labyrinths, gardens and hedge mazes of 17th – 18th-century Europe, as well as 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. The 57×57 foot Baltic birch plywood installation is open from July 4th to September 1st, 2014.