National Building Museum partners with Rockwell Group for 2019 Summer Block Party installation

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The Lawn will be an immersive experience in the historic Great Hall

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The National Building Museum will partner with the LAB at Rockwell Group to present the 2019 Summer Block Party installation. The Lawn will be an immersive installation taking up the entirety of the Museum’s Great Hall, and offer interactive experiences for all ages. Presented thanks to AARP, The Lawn is open July 4 through September 2.

The Lawn will be the sixth Summer Block Party installation, and follows Fun House by Snarkitecture, Hive by Studio Gang, ICEBERGS by James Corner Field Operations, The BEACH by Snarkitecture, and the BIG Maze by Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG). The Lawn also is the second collaboration between the Museum and Rockwell Group, who developed and designed PLAY WORK BUILD, an exhibition exploring the connections between play, design, and the work of building professionals. PLAY WORK BUILD, which opened in 2012, is the Museum’s highest attended exhibition to date.

Details of The Lawn are forthcoming. The Lawn will be complemented by programs and events, and ticket purchasers will be able to visit all of the Museum’s exhibitions, including HOOPS and Flickering Treasures: Rediscovering Baltimore’s Forgotten Movie Theaters.

The Lawn, presented with AARP, is also sponsored by HDR, Inc. and Synlawn.

A press preview will be held on Wednesday, July 3 at 10 am, and feature remarks from David Rockwell. Members of the LAB at Rockwell Group will also be available. RSVP to Emma Filar at or 202.272.2448, ext. 3458.

Renderings are forthcoming; click here for images of previous Summer Block Party installations.

Based in New York with a satellite office in Madrid, Rockwell Group is an interdisciplinary architecture and design firm that emphasizes innovation and thought leadership in every project. Founded by David Rockwell, FAIA, and led by David and partners Shawn Sullivan and Greg Keffer, the 250-person firm merges theater, performance and architecture to create extraordinary experiences and built environments across the globe. A strong commitment to explore and experiment resulted in the formation of the LAB at Rockwell Group, a design innovation studio that blends interactive technology, architecture, strategy, and storytelling. The firm’s projects include Union Square Cafe (New York); Nobu restaurants and hotels worldwide; Warner Music Group (Los Angeles); Moxy Chelsea and Moxy Times Square (New York); W Hotels (New York, Nashville, Paris, Madrid, Suzhou, Singapore and Vieques); The Shed (Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Lead Architect, and Rockwell Group, Collaborating Architect); the Hayes Theater (New York); NeueHouse (New York and Hollywood); TED Theater (Vancouver); The Diner for Surface magazine; product collections for Knoll, Stellar Works, Rich Brilliant Willing, and The Rug Company; and set designs for She Loves Me, Kinky Boots, the Public Theater’s Shakespeare in the Park, the 2009 and 2010 Academy Awards, the upcoming Broadway productions of Kiss Me Kate and Tootsie, and The Shed’s inaugural production—Soundtrack of America. Honors and recognition include 2016 Tony and Drama Desk Awards for Best Scenic Design for She Loves Me; the AIANY President’s Award; the Cooper Hewitt National Design Award; and the Presidential Design Award. For more information, please visit

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