Bjarke Ingels Group´s TIRPITZ exhibition and experience complex in Blåvand, Denmark opens to the public in June 2017.
Driven by the personal statement “architecture is about trying to make the world a little more like our dreams”, Bjarke Ingels has a fundamental humanistic approach to architectural conception, that has made him, without comparison, the most celebrated contemporary Nordic architect.
The naturally splendid West Danish coastal landscape with sea lyme and marram grass covered white sand dunes and heather covered heaths, occasionally scarred by German WWII bunker fortifications, seems an unlikely place for a contemporary construction by the famed playful Danish architect. However, in 2012 the visionary director of the Museums of Varde City and Vicinity Claus Kjeld Jensen took the bold decision to commission BIG to expand the Tirpitz Bunker Museum to house a further two museums the Danish Amber Museum and a local history museum together with a changing exhibition gallery.
The ground was broken on TIRPITZ in December 2014. The construction is transforming the former German WWII bunker Tirpitz into a 2,500 square meter experience and exhibit complex that will include the above mentioned four independent exhibits.
The enthralling three new permanent exhibits are conceptualized by the multi award-winning experience design agency Tinker Imagineers from The Netherlands. Using state of the art technology, the exhibits will expand the storytelling to all levels of human awareness, resulting in an all immersive visitor experience that is spectacular, interesting and meaningful at the same time.
The whole exhibition complex is embedded in a large sand dune as the antithesis to the massive and heavy concrete volume of the bunker in front. The museum appears as the intersection between a series of precise cuts in the dune landscape. This creates an intriguing coherence and lucid dialog between the natural landscape and the artificial constructed. The TIRPITZ complex will further contribute to BIG’s unique take on museum design. BIG recently completed the RIBA awarded Danish National Maritime Museum. In addition to this, BIG has designed the LEGO House in Billund that also currently is under construction just 75 km from Blåvand in Billund.
Renderings and photos: Courtesy of BIG Bjarke Ingels Group, Tinker Imagineers, Museet for Varde By og Omegn and Colin Seymour