THE SHINING MAZE FINALIST
Strawn + Sierralta selected as finalist to design a hedge maze inspired by Stanley Kubrick's movie, "The Shining".
Sometimes architects enter a design competition because it lies within their area of expertise, other times it is because they want to get their work in front of renown architects whose work they admire, frequently it is because there is an opportunity to get something built. In this case, it was out of the love of a classic horror film.
The Shining Maze competition received 329 entries from 33 countries and 40 US states. This is almost unheard of response for a small design competition. Strawn + Sierralta was one of those teams excited to enter. We were even more excited to be named one of the 7 finalists for this atypical competition.
"We went through an exhaustive voting process, and getting 329 (entrants) down to 40, and the last seven or eight was really difficult." said Cullen
- JOHN CULLEN, STANLEY HOTEL OWNER
CELEBRATING 20 YEARS OF OWNING STANLEY HOTEL
“People kept on looking for the maze. People want an experience. They want to reinterpret it and tell all their friends about it. And who am I to get in their way?”
- JOHN CULLEN, EXCERPT FROM A NEW YORK TIMES INTERVIEW WITH JULIE TURKEWITZ
Stanley Hotel took all the work that the 329 entrants put into the competition seriously and put together an amazing jury.
The jury included John Cullen (Stanley Hotel Owner), Midge Knerr (Stanley Hotel Lodge Inn Keeper), Wendy Koenig(Town of Estes Park Mayor Pro Tem), Tom Botelho (Exec. Director Denver Film Society); Prof. Merlyn Paulson, FASLA (Professor Landscape Architecture at Colorado State University), Harriette Woodard (Estes Park citizen), and Cydney Springer (Estes Park local artist).
Strawn + Sierralta analyzed key moments in Stanley Kubrick’s classic film and reflected them in the design of the maze.
The scene in "The Shining" where little Danny Torrance rides his Big Wheel around the carpeted halls of the snowed in hotel inspired the inclusion of "Loops" in Strawn + Sierralta's proposal. Other key moments in the film and iconic spaces in the hotel resulted in the maze having "Backtracks", "Dead Ends" and the "Room".
The announcement of the competition went viral, including online coverage in Esquire, Smithsonian, Daily Mail (UK), Slate, and Travel+Leisure. The winning maze was featured in the New York Times.
The unusually heavy coverage resulted in entries coming from 40 US states, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Columbia, Denmark , Dominican Republic, El Salvador, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, India, Iran, Italy, Japan, Lithuania, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, the United Kingdom (England, Scotland, and Ireland), Uruguay, and Ukraine.