Skip to content

Audio Version

See more about

More info

Architects: BIG

Location: Blåvand, Denmark

Size: 2,800 m2

Year: 2017

Photography: Rasmus Hjortshøj, Laurian Ghinitoiu

Type: Commission

Client: Vardemuseerne

Collaborators: Akt, Lüchinger+meyer, Tinker Imagineers, Kloosterboer Decor, Big Ideas, Fuldendt, Cowi, Svend Ole Hansen, Gade & Mortensen Akustik, Bach Landskab, Ingeniørgruppen Syd, Kjæhr & Trillingsgaard, Pelcon

Tirpitz

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.

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.

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.

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.

Architects: BIG

Location: Blåvand, Denmark

Size: 2,800 m2

Year: 2017

Photography: Rasmus Hjortshøj, Laurian Ghinitoiu

urbanNext (February 24, 2024) Tirpitz. Retrieved from https://urbannext.net/tirpitz/.
Tirpitz.” urbanNext – February 24, 2024, https://urbannext.net/tirpitz/
urbanNext August 15, 2017 Tirpitz., viewed February 24, 2024,<https://urbannext.net/tirpitz/>
urbanNext – Tirpitz. [Internet]. [Accessed February 24, 2024]. Available from: https://urbannext.net/tirpitz/
Tirpitz.” urbanNext – Accessed February 24, 2024. https://urbannext.net/tirpitz/
Tirpitz.” urbanNext [Online]. Available: https://urbannext.net/tirpitz/. [Accessed: February 24, 2024]

urbanNext | expanding architecture to rethink cities and territories

Newsletter

Sign up to our newsletter

Search
Generic filters
Exact matches only
Search in title
Search in content
Search in excerpt
Formats
Audio&visual
Concept
Data
Essay
Forum
Lecture
Podcast
Project
Talk
Survey
Statement
Selfthink
High Density
Middle Density
Low Density
No Density

talk

essay

project

product

survey

data

all formats