BIG Reveals Subterranean Museum at Tirpitz Bunker

Large cast-concrete volumes form pathways to each gallery as well as internal walls.

Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) has completed its subterranean museum design at the Tirpitz Bunker in Blåvand, Denmark. A former hideaway for Nazi soldiers during World War II, the 30,140-square-foot museum comprises four exhibition areas within the structure, seamlessly embedded into the landscape.

Images courtesy Laurian Ghinitou.

Concrete, steel, glass, and wood comprise the material palette to complement the region’s existing structures and landscape. The central courtyard affords access to four underground galleries that receive natural illumination from expansive windows. Pathways and gallery walls are formed from cast-concrete volumes that cut into the sand dunes to create a central clearing while also shouldering the weight if the roof decks.

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Image courtesy Rasmus Hjortshøj.

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All of the onsite exhibitions are designed by the multidisciplinary Dutch firm Tinker Imagineers, which crafted the four galleries to accommodate individualized aesthetics and themes.

The museum is expected to draw roughly 100,000 annual visitors.