Always envious of children playing in those ball pools and wish they’d create an adult version to jump into? Well, your dreams may have come true. The National Building Museum in America’s Washington D.C. has launched a one-of-a-kind installation for visitors this month with an interactive architectural display that brings the quintessential summer experience of going to the beach to the city.
Spanning the Museum’s Great Hall, the ‘Beach’, created in partnership with Snarkitecture, covers 10,000 square feet and includes an ‘ocean’ of nearly one million recyclable translucent plastic balls. All of the white balls are contained within an enclosure and built out of construction materials such as scaffolding, wooden panels, and perforated mesh, all clad in stark white.
Monochromatic beach chairs and umbrellas sprinkle the 50-foot wide ‘shoreline’, and the ocean culminates in a mirrored wall that creates a seemingly infinite reflected expanse. Visitors are welcome to ‘swim’ in the ocean, or can spend an afternoon at the shore’s edge reading a good book, play beach-related activities such as paddleball, grab a refreshing drink at the snack bar, or dangle their feet in the ocean off the pier. Wonderful. Discover more at www.nbm.org.
Via Design Boom | Image credit: Noah Kalina