In this proposal, the House of Fairy Tales is meant to fulfil the objectives of familiarising the unfamiliar people with Hans Christian Andersen (“HCA”, Denmark writer), inspiring those who are familiar, reminding those who know him well to preserve his heritage and feel proud of it, stimulating the visitors by being an entertaining and amusing place and transforming (even it is only for the short duration of their visit) the young into mature and old into young by a fairytale like feel.
The design segregates the House of Fairy Tales into two areas – one ticketed and the other freely accessible to all. The ticketed area is meant mainly for tourists who travel to the venue as a destination of significance while the common area is for the intellectuals, locals and artists to frequent as a centre for history, culture and arts related to HCA.
Ticketed area will include the main Museum (referred herein as “Underground Museum”), memorials, a cafe with “paper cut” theme and a cinema to showcase works on and of HCA. The museum is designed to be under the ground in two levels of basements. The core idea of underground museum in the basement is borrowed from HCA’s philosophy that for real beauty one has to explore deeper beneath the surface. Also multiple layers of basements gels with the fact that HCA was not just a fairy tale writer but a multi-layered personality and a multi-dimensional artist.
The freely accessible areas will be a curving lake, a theatre area, the main garden (Lotze’s Garden). The garden housing a book cafe, an exhibition hall, a magic wardrobe room and connects over the lake with the theatre. Across the road from the Lotze’s garden is a park based on the theme of age and times of HCA (‘age park”). The main idea behind the freely accessible areas is that of cultural freedom and exchange, of which HCA was a great example.