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National Building Museum names designer for its 2019 Summer Block Party installation

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Hive, the 2017 Summer Block Party installation from Studio Gang, was inspired by the recent Women's Marches. (Timothy Schenck)
Hive, the 2017 Summer Block Party installation from Studio Gang, was inspired by the recent Women's Marches. (Timothy Schenck)

The weather outside may be dropping to sub-zero temperatures across much of the U.S., but the National Building Museum is already looking to summer. The Washington, D.C.–based museum announced today that the LAB at Rockwell Group, the firm’s cross-disciplinary, technology-oriented experience design studio, will be designing the 2019 Summer Block Party installation.

This year, from July 4 through September 2, The Lawn will take over the great hall of the National Building Museum. While no design details have been released yet, it’s likely that The Lawn will be just as immersive as the past installations in the space. Last year’s Funhouse from Snarkitecture brought back the firm’s popular Beach exhibition from 2015, and 2017’s towering Hive from Studio Gang used the hall’s 75-foot-high ceilings as an opportunity to build vertically.

An overhead shot of the 2018 Fun House installation, which brought back the monochromatic ball pit from 2015. (Noah Kalina)

The Lawn will be supplemented with relevant programs and events throughout its run. This isn’t the first time the Rockwell Group has exhibited in the National Building Museum; its PLAY WORK BUILD installation in 2012 highlighted the links between design, play, and “the work of building professionals.”

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