© National Building Museum / Photography: Noah Kalina

Demonstrating that architecture is a continuously evolving craft that’s very much a sign of the times, the National Building Museum in Washington D.C. has an annual summer presentation that intentionally shows off its unexpected and playful side. The museum’s annual Summer Block Party returns with an engaging new showcase by Snarkitecture. The New York City-based architecture and design practice, led by Alex Mustonen, Daniel Arsham, and Benjamin Port, has gained quite a reputation for its playful and out-of-the-box approach to objects, environments and materials, and this exhibition is no exception.

It’s aptly entitled Fun House, and curated by Milan-based Maria Cristina Didero who has worked with Snarkitecture on previous occasions. Held at the historic Great Hall of the National Building Museum, it’s the creative trio’s first and also most comprehensive museum exhibition ever, exploring pretty much all of their activities. The exhibition is presented within a Snarkitecture-designed house, a freestanding structure that recalls and re-imagines the idea of the traditional home as we know it.

Fun House includes a sequence of interactive rooms featuring well-known Snarkitecture environments and objects that visitors can explore, as well as new concepts developed especially for the museum. As visitors walk through the house, the rooms convey the ten year story of Snarkitecture while underlining the studio’s peculiar, yet accessible way of reinterpreting the built environment. The house also features a front and backyard with fun outdoor activities that visitors will recognize instantly (on through Sep 3). Location: National Building Museum, 401 F Street N.W (East End).

© National Building Museum / Photography: Noah Kalina