Having a ball: The National Building Museum in Washington DC has undergone a transformation to turn it in to a beach-themed play area

Having a ball: The National Building Museum in Washington DC has undergone a transformation to turn it in to a beach-themed play area

The National Building Museum opens its newest destination for visitors with an interactive architectural installation that brings the quintessential summer experience of going to the beach indoors in downtown Washington, D.C.

“Although it is bound to be an entertaining retreat from the summer heat for our visitors, it also turns our understanding of the natural environment on its head and offers us the opportunity to question our own expectations of the built environment and see where pushing the boundaries can take us,” Chase W. Rynd, director of the National Building Museum, said of the installation in a statement.

“We see the commission as an exciting opportunity to create an architectural installation that reimagines the qualities and possibilities of material, encourages exploration and interaction with one’s surroundings, and offers an unexpected and memorable landscape for visitors to relax and socialize within,” Alex Mustonen, Snarkitecture co-founder, added.

The Museum commissioned the innovative firm Snarkitecture to design the BEACH, which occupies 10,000 square feet in the majestic Great Hall and includes an “ocean” of nearly one million recyclable translucent plastic balls.

The BEACH will be open to visitors July 4, 2015 through Labor Day, September 7, 2015.

The Museum is planning a snack concession inside the BEACH, to be operated through a partnership with Union Kitchen, a D.C.-based food incubator.

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