In this BIG Maze, it's OK to tell your sister to get lost

Washington PostJuly 12, 2014 

WASHINGTON -- The National Building Museum has an a-mazing new attraction. It's a maze, like the corn mazes that appear around Halloween. But this one is made of wood. And it has a modern-looking sloped shape.

"It's a beautiful design," said Cathy Frankel, the museum's vice president for exhibitions and collections. Once you arrive at the center, "there's a reveal of where you came from."

That's because the maze's plywood walls rise 18 feet at the perimeter of the structure but just 3 1/2 feet in the middle.

The Danish architectural company Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) designed the maze, which is under construction in the museum's Great Hall.

The attraction includes a history of mazes, which date to ancient times. The project is a follow-up to the mini-golf attraction that the Building Museum installed for the past two summers.

"Creating these fun experiences are a great way to get new audiences in here," Frankel said.

What: The BIG Maze

Where: The National Building Museum, 401 F Street NW, Washington, D.C.

When: Through Sept. 1. Monday-Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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