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The Tirpitz Museum

In a protected dune landscape along the western Danish coast, the architects of Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) have created a spectacular yet almost completely hidden museum. Louis Poulsen was in charge of the lighting plan and designed a customized fixture for the project.

Hidden museum lights up in the dunes

From the outset, light played a key role in the design of the museum's 2,800 square meter exhibition space, where large open glass sections stand in strong contrast to the gloomy bunker behind.

The lighting plan developed for the project by Louis Poulsen resulted in a new pendant design. The pendant's pure, conical shape effectively directs the light downward, ensuring that the pendant illuminates the space and its exhibits without disturbing the dramatic effect of the exhibitions.

The Tirpitz Museum is situated near Varde in western Jutland and takes visitors on a journey through a treasure trove of stories from the area – tales about lost ships, dangerous smugglers, and clandestine love affairs during the Second World War. The museum is built into a sand ramp that leads up to the bunker – i.e., it is man-made. Thus, it was possible to bring together three museums in a single building and create a spectacular cultural institution in the otherwise totally protected area.

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“In addition to meeting the functional and technical requirements, we wanted to create a fixture that harmonizes with the museum’s simple design idiom and execution in pure materials like concrete, glass, and steel. Everything is stripped down to the basics with absolutely no decoration – and this aesthetic also needed to apply to the lamp. Therefore, we developed an LED fixture with a tight conical shape made of galvanized zinc, which is perfectly suited to a building where nothing is painted, and everything is raw, naked, and honest,”

Ole Elkjær-Larsen, an architect at BIG and project manager for the Tirpitz project.

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Louis Poulsen has always sought, not only to design lamps, but also to shape light. Our fixtures create an atmosphere that makes people feel good, both in and outdoors. The shape of light creates space and our products live harmoniously within the space they define - indirect, soft and inviting.

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