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The beach // Snarkitecture

Photo by Noah Kalina.

Photo by Noah Kalina.

Unveiled on the 4th of July and open till Labor Day, the 7th of September, The Beach is the new interactive architectural installation commissioned to architecture+art practice Snarkitecture by the National Building Museum in Washington D.C.

Spanning across the majestic Great Hall The Beach covers 10,000 square feet and include an “ocean” of nearly one million recyclable translucent plastic balls. 
Contained within an enclosure, The Beach has been built out of construction materials such as scaffolding, wooden panels and perforated mesh, all clad in stark white, to emphasize Snarkitecture’s well known aesthetic. Monochromatic beach chairs and umbrellas occupy the 50-foot wide “shoreline,” and the “ocean” culminate in a mirrored wall that creates a seemingly infinite reflected expanse. Visitors are welcome to “swim” in the ocean, or to 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.


// Svelata il 4 Luglio e aperta fino al Labor Day, il 7 Settembre prossimo, The Beach è la nuova installazione architettonica e interattiva commissionata dal National Building Museum di Washington D.C. allo studio di arte/architettura Snarkitecture.

Estesa su tutta l’imponente Great Hall del museo, The Beach copre una superficie di più di 900 m² e include un “oceano” di quasi un milione di palline in plastica semitrasparenti. Limitata da un recinto, The Beach è stata costruita utilizzando materiali edili come le impalcature, pannelli in legno e reti perforate, tutte rivestite di un bianco severo, per rimarcare ancora una volta la ben nota estetica di Snarkitecture. Sedie da spiaggia e ombrelloni sono sistemati sul “bagnasciuga” largo 15metri, mentre l’oceano (di palline) termina con un muro riflettente che ne genera un’apparente estensione infinita. I visitatori sono invitati a “nuotare” in questo mare o a passare il pomeriggio sulla “riva” a leggere un buon libro, praticare sport da spiaggia, gustare una bevanda fresca al bar, o soltanto a far ciondolare i piedi nell’oceano giù dal pontile.

Photo by Noah Kalina.

Photo by Noah Kalina.

Photo by Noah Kalina.

Photo by Noah Kalina.

Photo by Noah Kalina.

Photo by Noah Kalina.

Photo by Noah Kalina.

Photo by Noah Kalina.

Photo by Noah Kalina.

Photo by Noah Kalina.

Photo by Noah Kalina.

Photo by Noah Kalina.

Alex Mustonen and Daniel Arsham of Snarkitecture. Photo by Noah Kalina.

Alex Mustonen and Daniel Arsham of Snarkitecture. Photo by Noah Kalina.


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