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The new TIRPITZ is a sanctuary in the sand that acts as a gentle counterbalance to the dramatic war history of the site in Blåvand on the west coast of Denmark.

Courtesy of BIG – Photography: Mike Bink

The 2,800 m2 ‘invisible museum’ transforms and expands a historic German WWII bunker into a groundbreaking cultural complex comprising four exhibitions within a single structure, seamlessly embedded into the landscape.

Courtesy of BIG – Photography: Rasmus Hjortshøj

Upon arrival, visitors will first see the bunker until they approach through the heath-lined pathways and find the walls cut into the dunes from all sides and descend to meet in a central clearing. The courtyard allows access into the four underground gallery spaces that have an abundance of daylight even though they are literally carved into the sand.

Courtesy of BIG – Photography: Mike Bink

The exhibitions, designed by Dutch agency Tinker Imagineers, showcase permanent and temporary themed experiences that ground the tale of an impressive war machine. While set by the heavy hermetic object of the WWII bunker, the new TIRPITZ is a sharp contrast to the concrete monolith by camouflaging with the landscape and inviting lightness and openness into the new museum.

Courtesy of BIG – Photography: Rasmus Hjortshøj

Project Info
Architects: BIG
Location: Blåvand, Denmark
Partners-in-Charge: Bjarke Ingels, Finn Norkjaer
Area: 2800.0 m2
Year: 2017
Type: Museum
Photographs: Laurian Ghinitoiu, Rasmus Hjortshøj, Mike Bink, Frederik Lyng, Colin Seymour

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