Light Bureau and Kvorning tackle Dover Wartime Tunnels

The Grade I-listed Dover Wartime Tunnels are being turned into a visitor experience and exhibition space by light architect Light Bureau and Danish design group Kvorning Design and Kommunikation.

A joint proposal was put forward by the consultancies, which were appointed to the project in April through an English Heritage competition.

Around 6km of tunnels make up the strategic defence point, which acted as a base for Operation Dynamo – the evacuation of British and French troops from the beaches of Dunkirk – during World War II.

Parts of the tunnels date back to the Middle Ages, and they were also used during the Napoleonic Wars and the Cold War.

Kvorning exhibition designer Mads Havemann says, ’There will be a 50m-long tunnel divided into six bays, telling the story of Operation Dynamo. One will have and interactive machine gun, which follows a Messerschmitt on the wall.’

Light Bureau designer Arve Trajei Olsen says, ‘The exhibition will revolve around the tunnels’ World War II history and we’ll use different lamp types, luminaries and lighting equipment to make the design as appropriate as possible.’

Olsen says Kvorning is developing several audio-visual and storytelling concepts for the project, which is expected to be complete by June 2011.

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