Archinect - News 2017-08-22T03:44:49-04:00 Dig into more photos of BIG's “invisible” Tirpitz Museum Justine Testado 2017-07-13T16:19:00-04:00 >2017-07-14T13:41:37-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BIG</a>-designed Tirpitz Museum in the Danish coastal town of Bl&aring;vand recently had its grand opening and already appears to be attracting plenty of visitors to the historic site. Unlike its heftier neighbor, the German WWII Tirpitz bunker, the museum finely cuts into the dune landscape and appears to be hidden.&nbsp;</p> <p>The project's distinct form has already drawn a quirky comparison to a&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&ldquo;freshly sliced hot potato&rdquo;</a>&nbsp;from&nbsp;Bjarke Ingels himself. On the flip side, the museum is designed to serve as a &ldquo;portal to the Danish West Coast's treasure trove of hidden stories&rdquo;, says Claus Kjeld Jensen, the Director of the Varde Museum. The Tirpitz Museum intends to take visitors on a scenic journey through the light and dark chapters of the region's history.</p> <figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p><figcaption>Photo: Mike Bink</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p><figcaption>Photos: Mike Bink</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a> </p><figcaption>Photo: Colin John Seymour</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p><figcaption>Photo: Colin John Seymour</figcaption></figure><p>The 2,800 m2 museum complex consists of concrete, steel, glass, and wood &mdash; four materials and elements that are also found in existing structures and landscape of ...</p> Bjarke Ingels compares the shape of the just-opened Tirpitz Bunker Museum to a freshly sliced hot potato Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-07-07T15:20:00-04:00 >2017-07-12T07:11:13-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="364" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Due to the surrender of German forces in WWII, the Tirpitz Bunker's construction was never completed leaving the dugout as a dark presence on the sandy coast of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Denmark</a>. The 3.5 meter thick concrete fortification is the country's largest <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">bunker</a> and was intended to be part of Hitler's Atlantic Wall defenses. Due to its strategic position near the coast, the bunker would've helped protect the sea route to the Port of Esbjerg, a major intermodal hub for the Nordic region. While the Allies blew up many of the bunkers in the region, the Tirpitz was saved. The site has been used as a small museum since 1991 and has previously held concerts and art shows within the moss-covered bunker walls. In 2012 as part of a 7,500-square foot development, it was decided to expand the museum.</p> <figure><figure><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></figure></figure><p>Today, hidden under the dunes, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the new Tirpitz Museum, designed by Bjarke Ingels</a>, has finally been transformed with four distinct galleries alongside the original bunker. The museum will explore both the lighter an...</p> WWII German bunker adds "green mountain" on top in radical repurposing Julia Ingalls 2017-05-30T17:48:00-04:00 >2017-05-30T17:48:41-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="428" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Repurposing and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">renovation</a> are some of the hottest new trends in architecture, but architects in Hamburg may have elevated the stakes by their proposal to place a 19-meter high "green mountain" atop a World War II bunker in Hamburg, Germany. The new mountain would offer residents lots to grow vegetables, as well as "a bit of plain hedonistic pleasure" according to a statement released by the designers. The bottom of the bunker has already undergone substantial transformation: it currently hosts a nightclub, a graphic design agency, a music school, a music shop, and a photographer&rsquo;s studio.</p> Holing up in hoity-toity hovels: doomsday architecture for the super-wealthy Julia Ingalls 2017-01-24T17:25:00-05:00 >2017-02-05T21:29:01-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="693" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Trump is President, the climate is chaos, and the wealth gap is starting to qualify as its own national canyon. So if you've got vats of money and are afraid of all the people who don't, what do you do? Build doomsday architecture to survive the collapse of society! In this piece for <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The New Yorker</a>, Evan Osnos investigates the luxury bunkers of folks who realize that they'll probably need to plan to take the family of the pilot of their private jet with them, for, you know, maintenance issues (sigh):</p><p><em>Hall led me through the garage, down a ramp, and into a lounge, with a stone fireplace, a dining area, and a kitchen to one side. It had the feel of a ski condo without windows: pool table, stainless-steel appliances, leather couches. To maximize space, Hall took ideas from cruise-ship design. We were accompanied by Mark Menosky, an engineer who manages day-to-day operations. While they fixed dinner&mdash;steak, baked potatoes, and salad&mdash;Hall said that the hardest part of the project was susta...</em></p> The enclosure to dismantle Chernobyl's nuclear reactor is complete Julia Ingalls 2016-04-07T13:07:00-04:00 >2016-04-10T00:38:09-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>This month marks the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. On April 26, 1986, technicians conducting a test inadvertently caused reactor number four to explode... Reuters reports that a huge recently-completed enclosure called the New Safe Confinement&mdash;the world's largest land-based moving structure&mdash;will be &ldquo;pulled slowly over the site later this year to create a steel-clad casement to block radiation and allow the remains of the reactor to be dismantled safely.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Although it sounds like an early aughts indie band name, the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New Safe Confinement</a> structure over Chernobyl's reactor number four is finally complete, constructed at an estimated cost of&nbsp;&euro;1.5 billion. Meanwhile, neighboring city and officially uninhabitable Pripyat has become a hauntingly photogenic ghost town, as captured in these photos:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>For what else is going on in Chernobyl:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Walking Tours of Chernobyl</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sunny Chernobyl': Beauty In A Haze Of Pollution</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Agricultural De-Radiation in Chernobyl</a></li></ul> Surviving in style: the world's largest private doomsday shelter has a swimming pool, wine cellar, art vaults Alexander Walter 2015-11-16T13:51:00-05:00 >2015-11-18T23:13:54-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="487" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>This is The Oppidum, a massive 323,000 square foot property with plans for a spectacular estate. What lies hidden beneath, carved deep in the mountain is the largest residential doomsday shelter in the world. [...] The planned luxurious underground compound on two levels includes a total space of 77,500 sf with 13 foot high ceilings. The layout features one large 6,750 sf apartment and six 1,720 sf apartments. Construction on the secret facility began in 1984, at the height of the Cold War.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">It's the end of the world as we know it (and I feel luxurious): high-end apocalypse shelters</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A top-secret Czech bunker used by the Soviet army opens to the public</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Subculture of Americans prepares for civilization's collapse</a></li></ul> It's the end of the world as we know it (and I feel luxurious): high-end apocalypse shelters Julia Ingalls 2015-10-22T20:14:00-04:00 >2015-10-24T18:37:57-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Vicino's company built Vivos Indiana, an "impervious underground complex" built in a Cold-War-era nuclear shelter and kitted out with luxury amenities. The idea is that you sign up in advance and plunk down $35,000 per person ($25,000 for kids) to secure one of the 80 spots available within the can survive for a year amidst leather couches, 600-thread-count sheets and gourmet chow.</p></em><br /><br /><p>"Once through security, the aesthetic makes a drastic shift," notes the narrator of the Travel Channel's video profile of the Vivos Group's underground luxury shelter. Vivo, a company which specializes in creating luxurious accommodations for that rough, between-civilizations feeling, also has a top-of-the-line European version of their shelter, made specifically for "high-net worth families."&nbsp;</p> BIG’s Blåvand Bunker Museum to be built in historic dune landscape in Varde, Denmark Justine Testado 2013-11-18T17:53:00-05:00 >2013-11-18T17:56:42-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="285" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>BIG's latest museum design, the Bl&aring;vand Bunker Museum, will be built in the historic dune landscape of Varde in Denmark after the museum received the necessary funding from the A.P. M&oslash;ller and Chastine Mc-Kinney M&oslash;ller Foundation. The museum will transform a former German WWII bunker into a four-volume museum complex &mdash; all while fully integrated into one of the dunes.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <em>Images courtesy of BIG.</em></p> 70's Vegas underground home on the market for $1.7M Archinect 2013-09-12T20:43:00-04:00 >2013-09-16T23:00:47-04:00 <img src="" width="630" height="420" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The above ground structure is just like any other&ndash; with the only hints being multiple air conditioning units, and emergency exits around the property. The underground interior is one that&rsquo;s stuck in the hippy chic 1970&prime;s days. Pink draperies, carpet and classic columns outfit the dated interior. Putting greens, a rock facade barbecue and natural style light settings make for an interesting setting that&rsquo;s completely user controlled.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> A top-secret Czech bunker used by the Soviet army opens to the public Archinect 2013-08-27T15:34:00-04:00 >2013-08-27T15:41:19-04:00 <img src="" width="640" height="426" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A military bunker in Brdy that reportedly housed Soviet nuclear warheads during the years of the Cold War has been turned into an Atom Museum. It opened to the public last week attracting military buffs and historians from far and wide.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Subculture of Americans prepares for civilization's collapse Archinect 2012-01-23T15:08:00-05:00 >2012-01-24T13:00:07-05:00 <img src="" width="515" height="409" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Tegeler, 57, has turned her home in rural Virginia into a "survival center," complete with a large generator, portable heaters, water tanks, and a two-year supply of freeze-dried food that her sister recently gave her as a birthday present. She says that in case of emergency, she could survive indefinitely in her home. And she thinks that emergency could come soon. "I think this economy is about to fall apart," she said.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Nuclear bunker looks like a... nuclear bunker, say architects Paul Petrunia 2011-04-26T12:05:33-04:00 >2011-04-26T19:15:29-04:00 <img src="" width="456" height="271" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>While the project is clearly a feat of engineering, architects couldn&rsquo;t help but comment that it lacked a certain architectural flair.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html>