New Hans Christian Andersen Museum


Kengo Kuma design New Hans Christian Andersen Museum


The City of Odense revealed the plans for the future Hans Christian Andersen‘s presence in Odense on the 211th anniversary of the fairy-tale writer’s birth. In collaboration with the Danish firms Cornelius+Vöge Architects, the MASU Planning Landscape Architects and Eduard Troelsgård Engineers, Kengo Kuma and Associates won the project competition for an innovatively designed Hans Christian Andersen Museum, where the museum experience will revolve around the fairy tales. Kengo Kuma won the competition in a field of prominent international firms such as Barozzi Veiga and Snøhetta, and not least Denmark’s BIG Architects (Bjarke Ingels Group), all of whom were in the running up until the end.

The proposal of Kengo Kuma and his Danish partners caught the imagination of Odense’s mayor Anker Boye, who was also the jury chairman for the competition.


Kengo Kuma design New Hans Christian Andersen Museum


The project features prominently in the sweeping changes to the city centre currently taking place in Odense based on closing off the main thoroughfare Thomas B. Thriges Gade. The street previously transected the city and is now part of the project area’s 9,000 square metres, which includes, in addition to the area around the existing Hans Christian Andersen Museum, The Tinderbox Cultural Centre for Children and Lotzes Have park. Based on the writer’s world of fairy tales and accompanying enchanting gardens, the project combines the Hans Christian Andersen Museum and the Tinderbox Cultural Centre for Children in one and the same dramatically enlarged attraction. The building itself will have a floor space of 5,600 square metres, two-thirds of which will be established underground to create a magical garden space that is as big as possible in the centre of Odense.