New museum revitalizes Hans Christian Andersen

Summer 2021


Rendering, H.C.Andersen Haven Arabesque overview © Kengo Kuma & Associates, Cornelius Vöge, MASU Planning

In the summer of 2021, the new Hans Christian Andersen Museum will open in Odense. It will be a brand-new museum, which will rethink how the story of Andersen’s life and work is told. The museum will provide a unique artistic experience, which combines landscape, architecture and modern exhibition design, and it will offer new perspectives on one of the most beloved and creative thinkers in world history. The person behind the ambitious architectural project is Japanese star architect Kengo Kuma, and the project has been made possible through a substantial donation by The A.P. Møller Foundation.
Hans Christian Andersen is not merely one of the most famous and read authors in world history, admired everywhere for his fantastical fairytales. Starting in the summer of 2021, his amazing stories will also serve as the foundation of a brand-new type of museum, which will not simply communicate about Andersen, but as Andersen:
“We have to dive into the fairytales as the very first thing, because they are what everyone knows. The idea is not to retell the stories, but rather to communicate their familiarity and inspire further reading of Andersen,” says Torben Grøngaard Jeppesen, the head of Odense City Museums.
The vision for the museum is to spatialize the experience of Andersen’s literary universe and stage a complete artistic experience in which architecture, sound, light and a stream of images constantly create new encounters between each visitor and Andersen’s fairytales.
Rendering, H.C.Andersen Haven Café © Kengo Kuma & Associates, Cornelius Vöge, MASU Planning
Rendering, H.C.Andersen Haven Light ingress © Kengo Kuma & Associates, Cornelius Vöge, MASU Planning
Rendering, H.C.Andersen Haven Atmospheric space © Kengo Kuma & Associates, Cornelius Vöge, MASU Planning
Rendering, H.C.Andersen Haven Sunken garden © Kengo Kuma & Associates, Cornelius Vöge, MASU Planning
Rendering, H.C.Andersen Haven Hedges envelop buildings © Kengo Kuma & Associates, Cornelius Vöge, MASU Planning