Contract Magazine - July/August 2017 - 144

INSTALLATION

Hive of Activity

PHOTOGRAPHY: COURTESY TIM SCHENCK

Spiraling rows of paper tubes disguise a sonic haven
within which whispers resonate and echoes reverberate

A cluster of towering chambers crafted from stacks of interlocked
paper tubes now populates the neoclassical Great Hall of the National
Building Museum in Washington, D.C., as the latest installment in the
museum's annual Summer Block Party series. Chicago-based Studio
Gang Architects, led by Jeanne Gang, designed the installation,
dubbed "Hive." More than 2,500 wound paper tubes-boasting
reflective silver exteriors and vivid magenta interiors-vary in size
from several inches to 10 feet high.
Sound is lost within the vastness of the cavernous Great
Hall. Gang had this in mind when creating "Hive," which was conceived
as a collection of beehive-like catenary constructs that offer a range
of acoustic properties. Ascending to a height of about 50 feet, the tallest
structure is crowned with an oculus to frame views of the Great Hall's
19th-century architecture. Two shorter domes house tubular,
chimelike instruments, highlighting the acoustical variations within
the design. A fourth volume was being constructed at press time.
The installation provides pockets of intimacy within the
soaring atrium while posing a curious contrast against the colossal
Corinthian columns. Slotted together in spiraling rows, the tubes
deliver a striking sight that is enhanced by the sonic havens roused
within their shelter. Each construction offers a unique interior
experience wherein whispers and echoes resonate. On view through
September 4, "Hive" will host a variety of programming, including
yoga classes and musical performances. -HAYLEY ARSENAULT

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1221 Avenue of the Americas
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Competition: Inspirations Awards
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