The Tirpitz Museum is located in Blåvand on the west coast of Denmark. The entire area that is home to the new exhibition centre is clearly identifiable and recognizable because of the presence of one of the military bunkers of the “Atlantic Wall”, testimony to the passage of Nazi troops and symbol of the final stages of World War II. The area is characterized by a harsh and imposing landscape that is so symbolically rich in history that it somehow convinced Bjarke Ingels to take a step back and seemingly give up on the more usual formal or spectacular solutions or original typological exercises in order to create what has been called an ‘invisible museum’.
It is divided into four independent blocks whose boundaries are underlined by fissures in the ground that mark the presence of the museum from the outside. The layout is central with the focal point occupied by a large open courtyard that determines the point where the cracks in the ground come together, paths whose reunion results in a common space.
Bearing in mind the lesson of the Ferrater fitness centre in Barcelona, the new BIG building has been skilfully entombed beneath the ground’s undulating surface but unlike the Spanish architecture, the use of a rotational movement does not distort the whole geometry of the construction, rather reflecting on the separators that divide the foyer from the exhibition spaces, thereby creating four independent entrances to the constituent blocks of the museum which can thus function autonomously.
PROJECT Tirpitz ARCHITECT BIG LOCATION Blåvand, Denmark YEAR 2017 PHOTO Laurian Ghinitoiu, Rasmus Hjortshøj and Frederik Lyng
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MAIN PROJECTS Via 57 West, New York, Usa, 2016 1200 Intrepid, Philadelphia, Usa, 2016 Danish Maritime Museum, Helsingor, Denmark, 2013 Superkilen, Nørrebro, Copenhagen, Denmark, 2012 The 8 House, Copenhagen, Denmark, 2010 Copenhagen Harbor Bath, Copenhagen, Denmark, 2003