Launch Slideshow

A selection of schemes for the National Building Museum's Mini-Golf exhibit

A selection of schemes for the National Building Museum's Mini-Golf exhibit

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    Courtesy STUDIOS Architecture and OLIN

    Canal Park

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    The entry from Studios Architecture and Olin, with a color-changing lightbox that conceals a shortcut to the hole.

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    Finishing off a round on Canal Park by Olin & Studios Architecture.

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    Courtesy the JBG Companies and Landscape Architecture Bureau

    Wood & Irons

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    The JBG Companies and Landscape Architecture Bureau's Wood & Irons, as built.

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    Courtesy Wiencek + Associates Architects + Planners

    Mulligans on the Mall

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    Teeing off inside the forced perspective of 'Mulligans on the Mall' by Wiencek + Associates Architects + Planners.

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    Courtesy Chase W. Rynd

    Daedalus’ Journey

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    The entry from Skidmore, Owings & Merrill consists of like-shaped square pegs of varying heights in an exaggerated topographic map of the Potomac basin.
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    The first hole of twelve leads golfers across a bridge and back.
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    This illuminated wooden box has three paths to get to the hole.

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    Grooves on this entry, entitled 'Ball on the Mall,' offer varying degrees of difficulty.

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    This challenging hole might be better suited for skateboarding than mini-golf.
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    A look through the exhibit hall during the opening weekend.

You’ve finally secured a tee time at the East Potomac Golf Course only to be hit with a heat wave. Should you risk having a Raiders of the Lost Ark–style hand imprint from a scalding putter head, or just take your short game indoors? Just in time to answer that question comes an exhibit at the National Building Museum for which local designers have created custom mini-golf holes. Challenges include trying to escape a hole in the form of an ovoid labyrinth dubbed Daedalus’ Journey (Virginia Tech with Atelier U:W), putting through a scale model (Studios Architecture with Olin), and navigating a forest of oversized helium balloons (JBG Companies with Landscape Architecture Bureau). Rest assured that in the air-conditioned gallery, the only scarring you’ll endure will be the deep-searing shame of being bested by a five-year-old. Open during museum hours, through September 3. • nbm.org