Wednesday, Jul 4, 201810 AM — Monday, Sep 3, 20185 PMEDT
| National Building Museum, 401 F Street NWWashington, DC, US
The Museum is partnering with Snarkitecture to design the 2018 Summer Block Party exhibition for the Museum’s Great Hall. The temporary structure, Fun House, will be the fifth in the Museum’s annual summer series.
Fun House is Snarkitecture’s first comprehensive museum exhibition, which will examine the prolific activities of the studio. Curated by Italy-based Maria Cristina Didero, the exhibition will be presented within a Snarkitecture-designed house—a freestanding structure that recalls and re-imagines the idea of the traditional home. Fun House includes a sequence of interactive rooms featuring well-known Snarkitecture environments and objects that visitors can explore, as well as new concepts developed for the Museum. As visitors walk through the house, the rooms convey the ten year story of Snarkitecture while underlining the studio’s peculiar, yet accessible way of reinterpreting the built environment. The house also features a front and backyard with “outdoor” activities that visitors will recognize.
Founded in 2008 by Alex Mustonen and Daniel Arsham, and joined by partner Benjamin Porto in 2014, Snarkitecture is collaborative practice operating between art and architecture based in New York. Best known for their playful approach to material and the reinterpretation of everyday objects and environments—from the raw, yet refined interiors of various Kith and COS stores to immersive installations at Salone del Mobile, the New Museum, Design Miami, and more—the studio’s upcoming tenth anniversary represents an opportune time to re-explore past work in a brand new format.
Snarkitecture designed The BEACH, the 2015 Summer Block Party installation, which welcomed over 180,000 visitors. Other Summer Block Party installations include the BIG Maze (designed by BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group), ICEBERGS (designed by James Corner Field Operations), and Hive (designed by Studio Gang).
See the completed Fun House installation in detail on Archinect: Snarkitecture's interactive 'Fun House' opens at the National Building Museum
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