Rendering of "The Beach."
Courtesy of Snarkitecture Rendering of "The Beach."

In a little less than three months, a massive ball pit will open at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., the museum announced today. Like last summer's 60-foot square BIG Maze by Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), the installation is one aspect of the museum's "Summer Block Party" events. Brooklyn's Snarkitecture, founded by Alex Mustonen and Daniel Arsham, designed this year's 10,000-square-foot installation, called "The Beach." This ball pit will not look like the Chuck E. Cheese ones of childhood: it will be filled with roughly one million semi-transparent plastic balls held together in an all-white container, and beach-goers will be able to gaze out over the ball-filled horizon to a mirrored wall at the far end. And for the ball-pit-shy, there will also be a faux "shoreline" complete with beach chairs and umbrellas. (Although the umbrellas must just be for effect, since the museum's Great Hall is fully enclosed.) Snacks from D.C.'s Union Kitchen will be available inside the installation.

Only a few months until I'm like...

Courtesy of Snarkitecture

 "The Beach" opens on July 4 and runs through Sept. 7 at the National Building Museum.