bjarke ingels group: blaavand bunker museum
bjarke ingels group: blaavand bunker museum
jul 29, 2012

bjarke ingels group: blaavand bunker museum

‘blåvand bunker museum’ by bjarke ingels group depicted is the glass and wireframe re-creation where gun barrells function as telescopes offering views over the north sea




danish firm BIG has been commissioned by varde city and vicinity to develop the blåvand bunker museum. situated within the protected shorelands of blåvand in denmark, the structure will be embedded within the site’s earthen embankment – built by german forces occupying denmark during world war II – and is adjacent to the existing tirpitz bunker, merging with the landscape of the western jutland.


the future museum will be composed of four main volumes – three museums and one special exhibitions gallery. each one will function independently. they will have their own individual opening hours, but collectively seen as one larger entity with the possibility to circulate and communicate between the various units. the structures’ integration into its environment is achieved by four simple cuts made into the topography of the land which form a central courtyard between the four masses. these are separated paths which connect back to the existing network of trails in the dune countryside.


as the 2,500 square meter space is embedded into the terrain one enters via the upper level’s central courtyard through the café. a common foyer is located in the centre of the exhibition venues which sits within the four lower level galleries. each of the walls which face in towards this communal area have a slightly rotated side which ultimately serve as support functions – toilets, cloakroom and storage – between each space. this slight turn of the structural partitions results in four corner skylights which bring daylight into the open atrium while also offering access to the museum galleries. visitors are guided into the lower level by a staircase which fits neatly into one of the rotated sides. an underground tunnel connects to the nearby old tirpitz bunker, where a glass and wireframe re-creation of the original gun turret is placed on top instead of housing munitions. the gun barrels function as a telescope giving patrons a view out over the north sea nearby.

bjarke ingels group: blaavand bunker museum the upper level and central courtyard

bjarke ingels group: blaavand bunker museum café

bjarke ingels group: blaavand bunker museum view of one of the museum galleries

bjarke ingels group: blaavand bunker museum a stairway leads into the lower level

bjarke ingels group: blaavand bunker museum foyer

bjarke ingels group: blaavand bunker museum winding central staircase leading into the tirpitz bunker

bjarke ingels group: blaavand bunker museum the museum is embedded into the site

bjarke ingels group: blaavand bunker museum rendering of the museum, parking lot and surrounding landscape

bjarke ingels group: blaavand bunker museum view of the tirpitz bunker in proximity to the museum

bjarke ingels group: blaavand bunker museum model visualization of the site by night

bjarke ingels group: blaavand bunker museum model of the museum site and topographical landscape

bjarke ingels group: blaavand bunker museum model (aerial view)

bjarke ingels group: blaavand bunker museum model (ground view)

bjarke ingels group: blaavand bunker museum model of the tirpitz bunker

bjarke ingels group: blaavand bunker museum model (general view)

bjarke ingels group: blaavand bunker museum exploded diagram of the tirpitz bunker makeover



project info:


partner in charge: bjarke ingels, jakob lange, david zahle, andreas klok pedersen project leader: brian yang team: alina tomosiunaite, katarzyna siedlecka, ryohei koike

  • ugs, swastika plaza??

    jr says:
  • a gun battery and a swastika? wtf?

    so sad says:
  • swastika? LOL, you two a paranoics xD

    abj says:
  • i’m not paranoid, i’m german 😉

    jr says:
  • I’m a huge fan of reductivist/minimalist work, but this time…

    brutal doesn’t begin to describe what’s going on here

    dbkii says:
  • The Pinwheel and Cannon Museum. It’s difficult to imagine the mental process that got the designer(s) to this solution. Are we to understand that Denmark is celebrating that period during which it was occupied…over tea and crumpets ?

    Chaszr says:
  • a total ripoff of a project done by architect carlos ferrater

    nickelson says:
  • The process is very simple 😉 Just copy an old project and paste it in a new site…

    About the whole swastika thing, i don´t know, but lack of ideas sure!!

    TR says:
  • yes a real copy of the project done by office of architecture in barcelona (OAB) by Carlos Ferrater
    a fitness center in barcelona, in 1996! Shame!

    small says:
  • check;
    fitness center

    small says:
  • Thanks, TR…I try to ignore Ingels et al, and wasn’t familiar with a lot of his stuff; this project only supports the idea of ignoring him… You’re dead on with yur comment.

    Chaszr says:
  • This project is a shameful insult. So ok, we have a cafe there too. And what are we going to chat about over coffee and scones, the good ol’ days when we almost had europe and then the world?

    charles says:
  • Can’t beleive how pessimistic and hatefull you all are. What’s wrong with remembering history and learning from it. This has nothing to do with celebrating war… And could you please comment on the architecture instead of making childish remarks about Bjarke Ingels…

    Great project

    Klaus says:

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