TIRPITZ - 4D experience Westcoast Stories
TIRPITZ transforms and expands a German WWII bunker of the Atlantikwall into a new museum complex, compromising 4 exhibitions within a single structure, seamlessly embedded into the protected shorelands of Blåvand, Denmark. Instead of visiting a traditional exhibition gallery visitors experience a scenic journey through time and space of West Jutland that comes to life following the rhythms of nature. They are challenged to unravel the hidden stories and make their own discoveries. The educational role of using personal stories and state-of-the-art multimedia as a supplement to the understanding of the bunker is of high value on European level. BRIEF The goal was to create a humble, world-class attraction surprising its visitors with new perspectives on the majestic landscape. Especially for people who hardly visit museums. TIRPITZ is created for them as an immersive portal to the Danish west coast’s treasure trove of hidden stories: the human stories in the shadow of Hitler's enormous defense project, the Atlantic wall; Western Europe's most comprehensive exhibition of amber; 100,000 years of west coast history. SOLUTION Tinker enhanced the strong connection of the architecture of Bjarke Ingels Group 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. It keeps visitors in touch with the rhythms of nature and we used this as the leitmotif of experience. Every gallery has its own rhythm beating in sync with its storyline: high vs low tide, night vs day, good vs bad, hot vs cold, the passing of time. DIGITAL STORYTELLING We played with light and used state-of-the art multimedia to create four totally different dynamic atmospheres annex installations. Digital technology is always used to expand the storytelling. For example to realize the glowing world of the Amber Gallery (Gold of the Westcoast) we used innovative LED-programming inside the iron trees to create magical effects that refer to the origins of amber. Along with its changing colors and sounds, the atmosphere alternates between warm and cold in al timeless fashion. At ‘Army of Concrete’ the 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 bunkers, they step into the personal spaces of the Danes and Germans who worked and lived around the Atlantikwall. Audio, hidden video projections are combined with showcase and physical objects that can be explored. From the sunken galleries visitors are able to walk into the original Tirpitz bunker, which grounds the tale of an impressive war machine. In the dark, visitors play with searchlight and activate shadow plays that reveal how the bunker should have functioned. VIDEO WESTCOAST STORIES, that focuses on 100,000 years of west coast history, is turned into a nighttime 4Dtheatre twice an hour. The dune landscape in West Coast Stories is the ultimate teaser to discover the history of Western Jutland by telling the tale of how people lived with nature over thousands of years. At the heart of the room is a huge authentic life boat stranded in a sea of dunes. The gallery has a daylight ‘exhibition mode’, a spectacular but calm setting where visitors browse through local stories, admiring objects and playing games. From the prehistory until the present day (the rise of tourism). But twice an hour the room is turned into a night-time 4D theatre. The audio-visual theatre has visitors sit down in the lifeboat before taking them on a tempestuous multimedia journey through time. This video show is content wise the same chronological story as the gallery in daylight, but then told by immersive visual projections, sound and effects like wind blowing and the addition of smell. Also the dune landscape is décor for the show (projections with video mapping technique). The more frequent you experience the show, the more details you will see (like the interaction between the characters, the little camping tent which appears from the dunes).