New York–based design firm Snarkitecture will debut a retrospective of their celebrated portfolio this summer at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. Curated by Maria Cristina Didero, “Fun House” will feature a full-size house with 11 interior rooms filled with dozens of objects and installations that recall Snarkitecture’s previous work, as well as new ideas designed specifically for the exhibition.
“’Fun House’ represents a unique opportunity for us to bring together a number of different Snarkitecture-designed interiors, installations, and objects into a single, immersive experience,” said Snarkitecture’s co-founder Alex Mustonen. “Our practice aims to create moments that make architecture accessible and engaging to a wide, diverse audience. With that in mind, we are excited to invite all visitors to the National Building Museum to an exhibition and installation that we hope is both unexpected and memorable.”
Oversized upholstered letters sourced from a sculptural artwork completed in 2012 for Miami’s Orange Bowl Stadium will fill the front yard, while the backyard will boast a pool filled with white balls—recreating the firm’s iconic design for the National Building Museum’s 2015 Summer Block Party.
“We wanted to make the objects and environments in the show as accessible and interactive as possible, while also respecting the nature of some of the pieces as fragile design objects and ensuring the safety of visitors,” said Mustonen. “In the end we’ve aimed to create a balance between moments that are playful and interactive with ones that are reflective and visually engaging.” Fun House will be on view at the National Building Museum July 4 through September 3.