The »Valentin« Bunker, also known as submarine bunker Farge, was built by the Hitler-fascists in the Second World War from 1943 to 1945, using thousands of slave labourers from all over Europe, of whom about 1,600 died under inhuman conditions. This largest armament project of the Kriegsmarine (German Navy) was bombed shortly before completion and was never put into operation.
In the past decades many plans for the conversion of the bunker were rejected: Neither it became a gigantic cooling house nor a leisure facility. A complete demolition was rejected as well as the filling of the area. In the end, a part of the bunker was still used by the Bundesmarine as a material depot.
In 2012 the plans of Landeszentrale für politische Bildung (regional centre for political education) were implemented to provide public access to the »Valentin« bunker as a memorial and also as an information centre. Until then it was an abandoned and blocked off building and a depot. A circular route with 25 stations reveals the location and the events by traces and photographs, as well as reports of contemporary witnesses – the prevailing conditions in and around the armament area Farge-Rekum, the bunker as a symbol of military megalomania and inhuman ideology.
A large network of partners was involved in the implementation of the plans. We supported the project in close cooperation with Bremen design agency oblik – from conception and implementation to the opening in November 2015. The main focus of our work was the spatial design of the tour concerning the exterior and interior design, the exhibition, and the foyer. The contents were curated by Marcus Meyer and Christel Trouvé from the regional center for political education. The office protze+theiling was responsible for landscape and route planning. The office of Heinzelmann Architekten was responsible for the conversion of the former car garage into an information center. At oblik, designer Jens Oertel was involved in the planning and worked on the content and graphic representation of the media table.
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