BIG Set to Build Blåvand Bunker Museum

Bunker Museum. Image ©

BIG’s Blåvand Bunker Museum has secured the necessary funds to move forward. Set to transform a former German WWII bunker carved into the banks of Blåvand, Denmark, the 2,500 square meter museum will include four independent institutions: a bunker museum, an amber museum, a history museum and a special exhibitions gallery.

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

Plaza. Image © BIG

“Organized around an open central square, the galleries allow much light and will give magnificent views to the surrounding countryside,” he continued. “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.”

Interior Central. Image © BIG
Cafe. Image © BIG
History Museum. Image © BIG

The Blåvand Bunker museum will further contribute to BIG’s unique experience with museum design. As you may recall, BIG recently completed the Danish National Maritime Museum. In addition to this, BIG has been commissioned to design the LEGO House in Billund, Denmark, the MECA Cultural Center in Bordeaux, France, and the Kimball Art Centre in Park City, Utah, USA.

Blåvand Bunker Museum Site . Image © BIG

Architects: BIG
Partners In Charge: Bjarke Ingels, Jakob Lange, David Zahle
Project Leader: Brian Yang
Team: Andreas Klok Pedersen, Michael Schønemann, Alina Tamosiunaite, Katarzyna Siedlecka, Ryohei Koike
Structural Engineering: AKT II
Area: 2500.0 sqm
Photographs: BIG

All funds to build the Blåvand Bunker Museum were donated by the A.P. Møller and Chastine Mc-Kinney Møller Foundation.

Cite: Rosenfield, Karissa. "BIG Set to Build Blåvand Bunker Museum" 18 Nov 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed 22 May 2015. <>
  • Stefania

    He manages to be very clear and transparent regarding the projectual process which, I think, increases the overall quality of this project.