BIG Maze @ National Building Museum in D.C

July 14, 2014


The National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., in partnership with BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group, has constructedthe BIG Maze, the first large-scale building installation inside the museum since 1988. An unprecedented large-scale baltic birch plywood maze, boasting twists and turns reaching 18 feet in height, this installation offers visitors a first hand experience reminiscent of European hedge mazes of the 17th and 18th centuries.

Bjarke Ingels said of his design: "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?" From outside, the maze's cube-like form hides the final reveal behind its 18-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 BIG Maze will be open Monday through Saturday, 10 am–5 pm, and Sunday, 11 am–5 pm, July 4 through September 1.