Exhibition, The National Building Museum, Washington, D.C., USA
HIVE, the latest Summer Block Party installation, soars to the uppermost reaches of the Museum. It is built of more than 2,700 wound paper tubes – a construction material that is recyclable, lightweight, and renewable – that vary in size and are interlocked to create three dynamic interconnected, domed chambers. The installation’s tallest dome features an oculus of over three metres in diameter and the tubes have a reflective silver exterior and vivid magenta interior, creating a spectacular visual contrast with the historic 19th-century interior and its colossal Corinthian columns. The tall yet intimate forms allow visitors to inhabit the installation at the ground-floor level and to experience it from the upper-floor balconies.
Founded by MacArthur Fellow Jeanne Gang, Studio Gang is an architecture and urban design practice based in Chicago and New York. Their award-winning projects range from the Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership at Kalamazoo College in Michigan to the Aqua Tower in Chicago. In addition to designing exhibitions for the Art Institute of Chicago, Design Miami at Art Basel Miami Beach, and the Chicago Architecture Biennial, the Studio was recently selected to design the expansion of the American Museum of Natural History in New York.