What’s inside Snarkitecture’s Fun House?
The art, architecture and design practice will create a weird domestic environment in their first museum retrospective
Snarkitecture partners Alex Mustonen and Ben Porto may have trained as architects, but they don’t do a great deal of house building.
That’s set to change, over this summer, when Mustonen, Port and fellow partner Daniel Arsham put together their first comprehensive retrospective show, at the National Building Museum in Washington DC.
Entitled Fun House, the exhibition takes the form of a domestic building, created by the art, architecture and design practice, inside the museum’s Great Hall. The structure will house interactive spaces featuring well-known Snarkitecture environments. One of these - Dig - was a 2011 installation for New York’s Storefront for Art & Architecture, which saw the practice fill a modest gallery space with blocks of expanded polystyrene, before hacking rooms and paths into and through it with hammers. Another - Drift - is an inflated cylinder canopy the practice fitted to the Design Miami pavilion back in 2012.
The show will also feature new works, and will also feature a kidney-shaped backyard swimming pool filled with plastic balls – a nod to their monumental 2015 ball pit, the Beach, which graced the National Building Museum three years ago.
Want to do a bit of reading up before you go? Or just pore over some incredible images of incredible products? Then for a better idea of the kind of works you can expect to see in DC this summer, order a copy of our new Snarkitecture monograph here.