HC Andersen House of Fairytales


clientOdense City Museum and City of Odense
statusFirst Prize. International Ideas Competition with 475 entries from 52 countries.
teamØystein Rø, Espen Røyseland, Fredrikke Frølich

Hortus Conclusus Andersen focuses on establishing a museum that becomes both a local urban actor and an attraction and competence center with international relevance.

We envision the museum to take on a program structure that enables a wide array of users to interact with the museum. A structure that activates and retells the histories and legacy of H C Andersen, not only through exhibitions and storytelling, but also by through production and a new visitor’s program for professionals. Andersen’s authorship has had global impact and his stories continue to inspire international, contemporary artists, authors, filmmakers and others. By incorporating a strategy for international, contemporary readings and research, the museum can take on a role as an arena for launching new ideas and interpretations of the authorship of H C Andersen.

Hortus Conclusus Andersen introduces the idea of an enclosed garden in Odense, defined by the museum buildings and an elevated urban promenade surrounding the garden. Though enclosed, the garden connects and interacts with the spatial compositions of Odense, and actively engages with the urban flows of the city. Both tram tracks, bicycle- and pedestrian paths permeates the garden, providing also the passers-by an experience of the museum and its magical garden.

As the main exterior feature of the museum, the enclosed garden both manifests itself as an interpretation of HC Andersen work, as well as becoming a captivating new public space in Odense.