An inverse labyrinth

Big Maze in Washington DC, USA by BIG

DURING THE YEAR, Danish architect Bjarke Ingels’ 335 square metre wooden labyrinth has been on display at the National Building Museum in Washington. The project is called the BIG Maze.

The structure is reminiscent of 17th and 18th-century mazes, although these were made from hedges rather than five and a half metre tall walls in light birch. The walls of the labyrinth are highest on the outside, but get lower the further the visitors proceed. This means that they can easily find their way out once they have reached the middle.

“I wanted to invert the concept and create a labyrinth that brings increasing clarity, the closer you get to its heart,” explains Bjarke Ingels, founder of BIG.

The labyrinth and its visitors could also be viewed from the first and second floors of the museum, which added a further dimension to the creation.«


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