How do you teach someone about buildings within a building? More so, how do you do it as a museum, when your subject matter is not as traditional the science and art institutions? These are the questions the National Building Museum, in Washington, D.C., has to consider when planning a program or exhibition for the public. And as evidence from their latest iterations, such as Snarkitecture's white washed "Beach," and Bjarke Ingels' "Maze," they seem to have it figured out.
The idea was first born in 2012 when the staff wanted to use the space during the summer months, when it wasn't being rented out by other organizations but there were still a good amount of tourists flocking to the nation's capital. Their solution was a minigolf course, and was a hit for the next two years. But rather than let the idea get stale, they decided to give it a new life by commissioning Danish firm BIG to design an 18-foot-tall wooden maze. From its success also came later commissions, such as Snarkitecture's piece, and James Corner Field Operations' (JFCO) "Icebergs." Through these constructions, the curators are able to insert some learning into it, adding tidbits about built environments and how it affects those who inhabit them.
Learn more about this project at Fast Company.