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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

BLÅVAND BUNKER MUSEUM in Varde, Denmark by BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group

 
December 17th, 2013 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group

Museum Center Blåvand integrates 4 independent institutions – a bunker museum, an amber museum, a histolarium and a special exhibitions gallery – in an exhibition landscape embedded in the dunes. As the antithesis to the heavy volume of the bunker, the museum appears as the intersection between a series of precise cuts in the landscape. A block in the landscape – and a corresponding absence of the dune.

Image Courtesy © BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group

  • Architects: BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group
  • Project: BLÅVAND BUNKER MUSEUM
  • Location: Varde, Denmark
  • Code: MCB
  • Date: 09/05/2012
  • Program: Culture
  • Status: In Progress
  • Size in m2: 2500
  • Project type: Commission
  • Client: The Museum of Varde City and Vicinity
  • Collaborators: AKT

PROJECT  TEAM

  • Partner in charge: Bjarke Ingels, Jakob Lange, David Zahle, Andreas Klok Pedersen
  • Project leader: Brian Yang
  • Team members: Michael Schønemann, Alina Tamosiunaite, Katarzyna Siedlecka, Ryohei Koike

Image Courtesy © BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group

The bunker’s gun is restored as a ghost or a reflection of the war machine it was meant to be. As a crystal artifact in “wireframe” – the cannon is re-created in glass and steel framing – it is a skylight over the raw setting of the bunker where visitors can experience the strategic position the gun would have played in the fortifications of the Atlantic Wall.

Image Courtesy © BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group

The new architecture is at once critical and respectful of the existing bunkers. As an antithesis – vacuum rather than volume – transparency rather than gravity – it represents the new architecture of a light and easy antithesis of bunker architecture.

Simultaneously, both the glass cannon and invisible museum will add sensitively to the existing landscape and nature which only on closer inspection – a walk in the dunes, or a visit to the bunker – unfolds for visitors.

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