Tirpitz Museum Blåvand, a 'hidden museum' on Danish west coast by BIG - Bjarke Ingels Group

Tirpitz Museum Blåvand, a 'hidden museum' on Danish west coast by BIG - Bjarke Ingels Group
and Tinker imagineers. Museum Centre Blaavand [Varde] Denmark
metalocus, DANIEL MADERA
Tirpitz Museum Blåvand by BIG - Bjarke Ingels Group. Photograph © Laurian Ghinitoiu
Varde Museums, BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group, and Tinker Imagineers celebrate the opening of TIRPITZ – 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.
The new TIRPITZ, a multi-faceted and educational museum in one of Denmark's most visited regions, Museum Center Blåvand creates new cultural complex comprising four exhibitions within a single structure, seamlessly embedded into the protected shorelands of Blåvand in western Denmark. The project connects to a Tirpitz bunker from World War II.

The museum combines history and landscape in an experiential new built environment that encourages contemplation as much as it does interaction and play. The construction of the 2,800 m²  ’invisible museum’ expected to attract around 100,000 visitors annually.

“The architecture of the TIRPITZ is the antithesis to the WWII bunker. The heavy hermetic object is countered by the inviting lightness and openness of the new museum. The galleries are integrated into the dunes like an open oasis in the sand – a sharp contrast to the Nazi fortress’ concrete monolith. The surrounding heath-lined pathways cut into the dunes from all sides descending to meet in a central clearing, bringing daylight and air into the heart of the complex. The bunker remains the only landmark of a not so distant dark heritage that upon close inspection marks the entrance to a new cultural meeting place.”  - Bjarke Ingels, Founding Partner, BIG.  
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BIG - Bjarke Ingels Group Authors.- Bja
rke Ingels (1974 Denmark); David Zahle (1973 Denmark); Finn Noerkjaer (1967 Denmark); Andreas Klok Pedersen (1977 Denmark); Jakob Lange (1978 Denmark); Ole Elkjær Larsen (1972 Denmark); Frederik Lyng (1986 Denmark)
Building physics: Johansson & Kalstr
up , Lüchinger + Meyer Environmental: Svend Ole Hansen Acoustical: Gade & Mortensen Building technology: BIG IDEAS Landscape architect: Bach Landskab Fire consulting: COWI Electrical: Ingeniørgruppen Syd
Museum of Varde City and Vicinity Clien
t Type.- private
Year completed.- 2016. Year began.- 201
Total area.- 10.500 m² .
Usable floor area.- 2.850 m²


Bjarke Ingels (born 1974) is a renowned Danish architect and founding partner of BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group located in Copenhagen and New York. In 2013 BIG was chosen to redesign the Smithsonian, the world’s largest museum and research complex in Washington, a project which will be implemented over a period of 20 years. His projects include The Mountain, a residential complex in Copenhagen...read more


Tinker Imagineers is an experience design and production agency from Utrecht, The Netherlands. It celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2016. Rooted in cognitive psychology, Tinker mixes the latest insights in human sensemaking with the storytelling and creative use of media technology. With a team of around forty consultants, designers, content and multimedia developers and producers Tink...read more