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A fairy-tale museum for Hans Christian Andersen


In Odense, a new museum designed by Kengo Kuma studio will celebrate the work of Hans Christian Andersen, whose fairy tales have fascinated generations of children.

Picturesque Odense is the birthplace of the author of some of the most beautiful fairy tales that have accompanied our childhood like The Little Mermaid, Little Match Girl or The Ugly Duckling. The author we refer to is Hans Christian Andersen, to which a new museum (Møntestræde 1) is dedicated and it will open in June next year in his hometown, located in the heart of Denmark on the island of Funen.

Japanese Kengo Kuma studio will realize it with a project that aims to tell Anderson’s fantastic world through Zen-style elegance. Great example of sustainable architecture, the museum will have a surface of 5.600 sq. meters whose two thirds will be situated below ground in order to leave as much as possible room for ample outdoor spaces assigned for a big urban park. A series of cylindrical structures with glass facades and a wooden under structure will characterized the building. As for the roofs, they will be slightly concave and feature roof gardens and green areas in addition to the surrounding park that will be embellished with box hedges, pools of water and magic labyrinths curated by Danish studios Cornelius+Vöge e MASU Planning. Inside the museum, thin wooden columns will recall the trunks of trees evoking the charm of a forest and communicating with the natural external environment that will be visible through the glass facades.