House of Fairytales Competition
Denmark, United Kingdom
PWL Partnership’s design proposes planting a Fairytale Forest of 156 trees, making every story he wrote tangible. In order to establish Andersen’s birthplace house as the focal point of the site and to accommodate the forest, the new museum is placed almost entirely underground. The strong interconnection between the forest above and the museum below creates a landscape of wonderment and provides a unique green space for Odense. A new courtyard is located at the northeast corner of the site, and exhibits about the poet’s life are interspersed throughout the site within a number of capsules. At the southwest corner of the site, a plaza and a three-story pavilion provide a balanced height transition to the future buildings to the south and bring animation to the pedestrian oriented forest.