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Blåvand Bunker Museum, Varde, Denmark

Tuesday 19 Nov 2013

Bunker museum gets off the ground

Images: Bjarke Ingels Group 
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Funding found for transformation of German WWII bunker into museum by BIG 

The A.P. Møller and Chastine Mc-Kinney Møller Foundation will be donating the necessary funding to build the Bjarke Ingels Group-designed Blåvand Bunker Museum in Varde, on the west coast of Denmark.

Transforming a former German WWII bunker, within the protected shorelands of Blåvand in Denmark, the 2,500 sq m new museum will be composed of four main volumes, housing four independent institutions: a bunker museum; an amber museum; a history museum; and a special exhibitions gallery. All four elements will be housed within an exhibition landscape carved out of the dunes.

Bjarke Ingels, Founder of BIG, explains: "Contrary to the existing closed concrete lump, the new museum will, in its architecture, function as an open heart integrated into the landscape. The museum is in every way the opposite of the militant history with its more closed, dark and heavy features.

"Organised around an open central square, the galleries allow much light and will give magnificent views to the surrounding countryside. The bunker is a war machine without holes for doors and windows and rejects all humanity. In contrast, the museum is integrated into the landscape and invites visitors inside.”

Claus Kjeld Jensen, Director of the Museum of Varde City and District: "We wanted a museum that was fully integrated into the landscape while at the same time being architecturally outstanding - functional, spectacular and invisible.

"BIG has created a harmonious and beautiful building that stands out in enormous contrast to the brutal Tirpitz bunker (adjacent to the new Museum), yet the design pays respect to the unique dune landscape. It is a fantastic place where we will be able to convey the big stories of Jutland. Thanks to the generous donation from the A.P. Møller Foundation this now becomes a reality."

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