Escape from reality? Yes, please!
On April 2 1805 Hans Christian Andersen was born in the beautiful city of Odense, before coming to Copenhagen as a teenager. We all know of him – his fairytales have entertained and amazed countless children and adults since his birth all those years ago, and now Odense wants to celebrate him in the loveliest way. [Photo: Kengo Kuma & Associates, Cornelius Vöge, MASU]
So, the city is going to open H. C. Andersen’s House – a museum dedicated to everything Hans Christian Andersen related, and it will open in Summer 2021. Now, this won’t be some stuffy old museum with creaky chairs. It’s going to be inspired by the very fairytales Andersen penned. Nobody in Copenhagen can deny the simple elegance of our Little Mermaid, but other fairytales written by Andersen will now be immortalised in architectural design too.
Speaking to Lonely Planet, Kengo Kuma and Associates, the architects designing the museum, say: ‘The idea behind the architectural design resembled Andersen’s method, where a small world suddenly expands to a bigger universe.’ It’s designed to be a truly immersive experience. Stepping into the museum will be like stepping into a fairytale, with images, sounds, and architecture used to create a wondrous world inspired by Andersen’s works.
A walk through the underground museum will bring visitors out into beautiful gardens, and these gardens will cover a staggering 7000 square meters, leading to the childhood home of H. C. Andersen. An onsite cafe will offer refreshments whilst the children play in a small house designed for their entertainment.
It’s going to be a truly magical experience and if you’re anything like me, you’ll be raring to visit the museum as soon as possible. The beauty of being a child is that the possibilities of reality are endless. Fantastical things can and do happen, and life abounds with whimsical characters. Andersen created an amazing world for children to escape to but he did so candidly. He wrote some of the most brutally honest children’s stories to ever have existed, but those tragedies still offer a wonderful escape, and this museum hopes to suck us into a world more fantastical than our own, too. Check out the website for more information.