Tirpitz Museum, Blåvand

Designed by: Tinker Imagineers
For client: Vardemuseerne Floor area: 2800.00 M² Year of completion: 2017
Nominated for: Best Use of Digital Technology

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© Mike Bink

West Coast Stories is the ultimate teaser to discover the history of West Jutland by telling the tale of how people lived with nature over thousands of years by an immersive 4D show.

About the project

Tirpitz transforms and expands a German WWII bunker into a museum complex comprising four exhibitions within a single structure, 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.

In the unruly bunker landscape of the Army of Concrete gallery, visitors get to discover the story of how the Atlantikwall came about in West Jutland. Once they enter the bunkers, they step into the personal spaces of the Danes and Germans who worked and lived around the Atlantikwall.

West Coast Stories, the gallery that focuses on 100,000 years of West Coast history, is turned into a nighttime 4D theatre twice an hour. The audio-visual theatre has visitors sit down in a lifeboat before taking them on a tempestuous multimedia journey through time.

Along with its changing colours and sounds, the atmosphere of Gold of the West Coast alternates between warm and cold in a timeless fashion, referring to the origins of amber. In the enchanting steel forest, the visitors will discover amber enclosures that are millions of years old, beautiful treasures, and many stories.

From the sunken galleries visitors are able to walk into the original bunker which grounds the tale of an impressive war machine that fortunately was never finished. In the dark, visitors play with light and activate shadow plays that reveal how the bunker should have functioned.

What’s unique about it

Tinker imagineers enhanced the strong connection of BIG’s 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, an unusual feature for an exhibition space. It keeps visitors in touch with the rhythms of nature and the designers used this as the leitmotif of the exhibitions. 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.

In order to create four different dynamic atmospheres, state-of-the-art multimedia takes centre stage but is never on the forefront. The architecture is left untouched. Concrete walls are projection canvasses; at West Coast Stories, a very subtle seascape brings the exhibition to life during daylight mode. Twice an hour a spectacular nighttime 4D video mapping show immerses the visitors. The dune landscape's décor comes alive with physical details popping up as a projection surface.

Digital technology is consistently used to expand the storytelling. For example, to create the glowing world of amber Tinker imagineers used innovative LED-programming inside the iron trees to create magical effects that refer to the origins of amber. At Army of Concrete, visitors experience the tension between light and dark, good and bad during WWII. Each bunker has its own personal story told through speakers and hidden projections combined with the showcase of physical objects that can be explored.

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© Mike Bink

Tirpitz, embedded in the dune landscape, is an antithesis to the heavy volume of the WWII bunker of the Atlantikwall.

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© Mike Bink

The world of amber glows from warm to cold in a timeless fashion, inspired by the rain forests that were at the origins of amber.

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© Mike Bink

Digital technology is consistently used to expand the storytelling. For example, to create the glowing world of amber Tinker imagineers used innovative LED-programming inside the iron trees to create magical effects that refer to the origins of amber.

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© Mike Bink

In the unruly bunker landscape of the Army of Concrete gallery, visitors get to discover the story of how the Atlantikwall came about in West Jutland. Once they enter the bunkers, they step into the personal spaces of the Danes and Germans who worked here.

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© Mike Bink

Every little bunker of Army of Concrete represents a certain moment in time and a real person, which symbolizes a larger group. Visitors are challenged to make their own discoveries. Drawers or wardrobes can be opened and letters can be found on tables to be read.

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© Mike Bink

Army of Concrete tells the human stories in the shadow of Hitler's enormous defense project, Atlantikwall.

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© Erik Bär

From the sunken galleries, visitors walk through a corridor into the historic bunker, which grounds the tale of an impressive war machine.

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© Mike Bink

West Coast Stories. The gallery focuses on 100,000 years of West Coast history and turns it into a nighttime 4D theatre twice an hour. The audio-visual theatre has visitors sit down in a lifeboat before taking them on a tempestuous multimedia journey through time.

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© Mike Bink

The West Coast Stories gallery's daylight ‘exhibition mode’ brings a spectacular but calm setting where visitors browse through local stories, admiring objects, dynamic panoramas and playing games.

According to the client, Claus Jensen, director of Vardemuseerne: 'Tirpitz is created as a portal to the Danish West Coast’s treasure trove of hidden stories. It has been our goal to create a humble, world-class attraction surprising its visitors with new perspectives on the majestic landscape. With BIG’s limitless and inviting architecture and with Tinkers’ wondrous and playful exhibitions, I feel we have achieved this.'

Credits:
Tinker imagineers

Kloosterboer Decor

Bjarke Ingels Group


Rockfish Studio

Jacob van de Water

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