• Merriweather Park at Symphony Woods (map)
  • 10431 Little Patuxent Parkway
  • Columbia, MD, 21044
  • United States

The Inner Arbor Trust, Inc. will present a behind-the-scenes tour of the Chrysalis, a sculptural pavilion and performance stage in Merriweather Park at Symphony Woods, in Columbia, Maryland. Opened in April 2017, the Chrysalis is one of the most unique structures in the mid-Atlantic region. Based on the concept design of Marc Fornes / THEVERYMANY, Living Design Lab, Arup Engineering, Zahner Design and Fabrication, Whiting-Turner, and others to realize this dynamic structure. As a living sculpture in the park, the Chrysalis is made to be both seen and to be occupied. It is simultaneously a singular form and a composite of many pieces. The convergence of complex variables to the unified product was only possible through the careful, disciplined coordination of design, engineering and fabrication. 

This event is free and open to the public, and welcomes all ages. The tour will be divided into three tracks: one for the general public, one for families with children 10 and under, and one for architecture and other design professionals. Architects from Living Design Lab, Davin Hong, AIA and Kevin Day, AIA, along with other members of the design and construction team, will explain the design ideas, and innovative construction process of The Chrysalis.

There will be a sneak peak at our National Building Museum exhibit "Art is Everywhere!  Imagine Your Stage" aimed at children 10 and under.  

PARKING: From 29 South take the South Entrance Road exit, make a left onto Symphony Woods Road, then make the first right that is marked Merriweather Administrative Offices / Staff Gate / VIP and follow the drive up the hill (bear right), and park in the numbered spaces.

From 29 North take the Little Patuxent Parkway exit towards Town Center, then follow Little Patuxent Parkway west, make a left onto South Entrance Road, then a right onto Symphony Woods Road, then make the first right that is marked Merriweather Administrative Offices / Staff Gate / VIP and follow the drive up the hill (bear right), and park in the numbered spaces.