Do you wish that you could ride the metro to the beach? That’s the plan for this summer if the National Building Museum is successful.
The non-profit institution plans on constructing a beach inside of its historic Great Hall, and it has teamed up with Snarkitecture, a Brooklyn-based collaborative practice, to make it happen.
The museum has launched an Indiegogo campaign to help finance the operation. They hope to raise $10,000 and (at press time) are a little more than halfway there.
This won’t be your average white sand and blue waters beach. Designers plan to fill the “ocean” with nearly one million white plastic balls, and equip the “shoreline” with chairs, umbrellas and beach games. They will offer a snack concession operated through a partnership with Union Kitchen, a DC-based food incubator.
“We want the BEACH to offer visitors the chance to participate in a quintessential summer activity without the risk of sand in their suit or getting a sunburn,” says the project’s Indiegogo page.
The National Building Museum is a private non-profit 501(c)3 that receives support from individuals, corporations, foundations and grants. The museum’s mission is to advance the quality of the built environment by educating people about its impact on their lives.