Tirpitz - hidden museum on Danish westcoast

Tinker imagineers


TIRPITZ transforms and expands a German WWII bunker into a museum complex compromising 4 exhibitions within a single structure (2800m2), seamlessly embedded into the shorelands of Blåvand, Denmark. 
Visitors experience a scenic journey through time and space of West Jutland that comes to life following the rhythms of nature. The brief was to create a humble, world-class attraction surprising its visitors with new perspectives on the majestic landscape. 

Tinker enhanced the strong connection of the Bjarke Ingels' architecture with the sturdy countryside. The central courtyard allows access into the underground galleries that have an abundance of natural daylight, which changes all the time, unusual for an exhibition. Every gallery has its own rhythm beating in sync with its storyline: high and low tide, night and day, good and bad, hot and cold, the passing of time. It keeps visitors in touch with the rhythms of nature and we used this as the leitmotif to create four totally different atmospheres. Digital technology is always used to expand the storytelling.

West Coast Stories, the gallery that focuses on 100.000 years of history, is turned into a night-time 4D theatre once an hour. The audio-visual theatre has visitors sit down in an authentic lifeboat before taking them on a tempestuous journey through time. 

In the unruly bunker landscape of An Army of Concrete, visitors get to discover the story of how the Atlantikwall came about in West Jutland. Daylight causes sharp shadows along the bunkers. A spotlight moves through the gallery to emphasize this effect. Visitors experience the tension between light and dark, good and bad, love and fear during WWII. Once they enter the concrete bunkers, however, they step into the personal spaces of the Danes and Germans who worked and lived around the Atlantikwall. 

Gold of the West Coast is Europe's most comprehensive exhibition of amber, presented in an enchanting steel forest. Along with its changing colours and sounds, the atmosphere of the rooms alternates between warm and cold: references to the history of amber. In the abstract, fairy-tale trees, the visitors will discover amber enclosures, artefacts, and many stories.

From the light, sunken galleries, visitors walk into the historic bunker, which grounds the tale of an impressive war machine. It's a rough monument in itself that we treated as such. In the dark visitors can play with light and activate shadow plays that reveal how the bunker should have functioned.


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