The Japanese master Kengo Kuma made another move and created a Kingdom of Andersen

When it comes to Andersen, many adults become children.

They will talk enthusiastically about the ugly duckling who turns into a white swan; about the little girl who sells matches on Christmas Eve; about the mermaid who turns into foam on the sea; about the princess and the pea who has been sleepless all night by beans; about being fooled by a liar The emperor in new clothes…

Many of these endless fairy tales were created by Andersen from his former residence: Odense, Denmark.

After Andersen's death, a Andersen Museum was built here to commemorate him.

After 116 years, Denmark plans to renovate the Andersen Museum. Under the fierce competition from many internationally renowned design firms, the Japanese architect Kengo Kuma finally won and began to take charge of the museum's transformation.

Just recently, the brand new Andersen Museum was launched .

It has completely subverted the traditional museum and turned into a real fairy tale kingdom.

▲Picture from: Andersen Museum

A realistic version of Andersen’s fairy tale kingdom

This is one of Denmark's most ambitious museum projects in recent years.

The museum took 3 years and cost 62 million US dollars. On the day of its opening, Her Majesty Queen Margaret II of Denmark also came to the site to unveil it.

It covers an area of ​​5,600 square meters, and the overall design is inspired by Andersen's fairy tale "tinder box".

▲ "Tinderbox" comics

Therefore, the entire museum is divided into two "fairy tale worlds" on the ground and underground, combining classic and modern, nature and art, fairy tales and reality.

Until you walk in, you can no longer distinguish between reality and illusion.

On the ground of the museum is a magic garden and a forest maze.

▲Picture from: Andersen Museum

The small town of Odense has a history of more than 1,000 years, and it is full of ancient fairy tales. Among the spires with red tiles and white walls, stands the new Andersen Museum.

It merges with the streets of this medieval town, as if naturally growing on this land.

In this natural labyrinth, dense trees and vines are entwined, and the tall walls built by plants are winding and towering. When people step in, it is like entering a mysterious castle garden.

▲Picture from: Andersen Museum

There are as many as 1,222 species of plants here, including conifers, beech, yew, etc., and the height of the plant wall reaches 7 meters.

You can take a walk under the shadow of a broken tree, or sit in the grass and walk on a stone road, letting the grass grow between your fingers and the colorful and unknown flowers blooming around your ears.

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When you pass between the hedges, the smell, color, and texture of different plants will also bring you wonderful feelings of different sounds and colors.

Where the winding path leads to a secluded place, from time to time you will encounter trees full of blooming wisteria, a small blue lake, where it seems to predict the beginning of a fairy tale.

You can also take the children to play games under the broad-leaved plants, and quietly observe the mushrooms, damp moss, and small animals after the rain.

▲Picture from: Andersen Museum

The scenery here is unpredictable, with the magnificent imagination like a dream, and the unpretentious and unpretentious childishness.

▲Picture from: Andersen Museum

The wooden building located in the garden is simple and neat.

The glass reflects the forest, the wood material is also integrated with the natural environment, and the surrounding hedges are also very casual, staggering up like branches, as if they had just been split by a hunter under an axe.

▲Picture from: Andersen Museum

The boundary between architecture and nature is blurred here.

Large and small circular buildings are scattered among them, there is no route, no rules, no center, every visitor will not know his own fate and surprise in the next second.

You may also encounter a children's home. This is a house built of countless wooden pillars. The light and shadow are intertwined, and the books are neatly arranged, full of the natural beauty of design, and it is like coming to the home of a forest reclusive person.

▲Picture from: Andersen Museum

Henrik Lübker, the creative director of the museum, said that the fairy tale world is not linear, but a curve .

The display method of the museum may hide some things, but through the hidden space and winding curves, people can once again find the lost imagination.

Of course, the ground is only 1/3 of Andersen's fairy tale kingdom.

There are more fantasy scenes and stories, all under the ground.

When you are visiting the forest, you suddenly see a sunken garden, just like entering the plot of "Tinderbox". You can walk into a 110-meter-long passage from the trunk to reach a new underground world.

▲Picture from: Andersen Museum

There, Kengo Kuma used a new modern way to tell fairy tales of the past.

Don’t tell Andersen, tell stories like Andersen did

Andersen’s fairy tales are never only beautiful.

One of the most popular writers in the world. He lived in poverty since he was a child and was unmarried all his life. In his 168 fairy tales, there are beautiful, warm and kind sentimental fantasies, as well as metaphors for the darkness of society and the injustice of the world. Not angry, accuse.

▲ Picture from: "The Ugly Duckling"

Therefore, we can often see the "tragic beauty" in Andersen's fairy tales.

It has two sides, and it does not provide a standard answer, just like an underground museum.

▲ Andersen

There is also no traditional exhibit display here, as Kengo Kuma said :

There is also no hierarchical order, there is no complete front, and there is no clear direction.

There are only one fairy tale after another, let people listen to these stories with their bodies and hearts.

Kengo Kuma combines nature, architecture, and fairy tales. Through advanced technology and scene design, the literary form becomes a spatial form and comes alive.

▲Picture from: Andersen Museum

Twelve artists are here to tell different fairy tales of Andersen .

Composer Louise Alenius composed the music for the four stories of "Nightingale", "Snow White", "The Ugly Duckling" and "The Little Mermaid". As long as you stay in it long enough, you can recall the classic plots of the story in different music.

▲Picture from: Andersen Museum

Paper-cutting artist Veronica Hodges used "Thumbella" as a prototype to create a group of swallow installations flying into the air. They symbolize Thumbelina's heart longing for sunshine forever, her desire for freedom, and her unyielding to darkness.

▲Picture from: Andersen Museum

Illustrator Sandra Rilova uses different photos and illustrations to present the storyline through the visual negative space of light and shadow. She hopes to open a window for people to think through these images from multiple sides.

▲Picture from: Andersen Museum

In fact, Andersen was not just a writer, he also wrote poetry, drama, travels, and was also a silhouette artist.

You can also see spruce trees and snowman installations created by artist Henrique Oliveira. They will appear in Andersen’s fairy tales from time to time.

▲Picture from: Andersen Museum

Toy maker Andy Gent also created fairy tale scenes of the Little Mermaid, the Snow Queen, the determined tin soldier, and the little match girl.

When you look up in the space of the little mermaid, it's like glimpsing the sky in the sparkling ocean.

▲Picture from: Andersen Museum

These stories combine sound, light, space, scenery and many new technologies, allowing people to truly enter a dreamy and diverse fairy tale world.

From the ground to the underground, landscape, architecture, exhibition, design, and art merge together to form a coherent new experience.

Henrik Lübker also hopes that people can relive stories with more levels in more ways and think about the deeper and richer things behind the stories.

▲Picture from: Andersen Museum

Although the museum space is insignificant compared to Andersen's vast fairy tale world, one visit is enough to remind people of the dreamy imagination in fairy tales, and at the same time, new forms of viewing experience can also stimulate more curiosity and creativity.

Kengo Kuma said that what Andersen conveyed to us is: Even in ordinary daily life, we can find and realize our dreams.

He hopes that the museum can continue the dream that Andersen said–

From a small world, to see a larger universe.

▲Picture from: Andersen Museum

From the past to the present, more open and diverse museums

Recalling the museum, in fact, it has not changed much in people’s impressions from the past to the present, such as –

A place where precious historical relics are preserved.

A place to transfer historical knowledge and exchange.

An institution with a long history and culture.

In the third century BC, a huge museum was established in Alexandria, Egypt , with a collection of many precious cultural relics. Focusing on academic research, the earliest Confucian temple in China was also one of the early museums.

▲Qufu Confucian Temple. Picture from: Wikipedia

At that time, the museum was undoubtedly centered on the collection of cultural relics and treasures. After the completion of the British Museum in 1753, the large museum was really open to the public.

After that, the museum gradually became a multi-functional cultural complex of education, research, and preservation .

But up to now, in fact, museums have been quietly changing. With the development of technology and the evolution of people's lifestyles, museums have also changed from "static" to "dynamic." The various experience of auditioning has been used for product display and introduction.

▲ Picture from: Los Angeles Times

Take the historical figure museum as an example. Although there are many different forms, almost all of them place character works, show character stories, and play character documentaries.

The Andersen Museum has also undergone two expansions in its history.

Once in 1930, to commemorate the 125th anniversary of Andersen's birth, and once in 1975, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Andersen's death.

But almost all of them use different showrooms to introduce Andersen's life and works of various periods in chronological order, as well as series of works such as Andersen's manuscripts, letters, and drawings.

But the new Andersen Museum shows a new form of modern museums.

It breaks the straight-line tour mode, spatializes literary works, and allows people to explore and adventure in depth through the fascinating environment and rich and varied content, as if being in a real fairy tale world.

This is to correspond to the openness and diversification of Andersen's works.

▲The design team of the New Andersen Museum. Picture from: Photo-

At the same time, it is also a manifestation of the integration and co-development of multiple fields in the museum.

In addition to the core display content of the museum, it extends more space for thinking, such as the freedom of visiting the museum, the immersion of art, and the environmental protection and sustainability behind the building.

▲Picture from: Andersen Museum

These allow us to experience the museum with a unique and diverse perspective, and at the same time reflect on ourselves, nature and society.

There are more new forms that are beginning to appear in modern museums , such as immersive viewing of VR and AR, such as new interactive experiences brought by AI, such as customized and personalized processes, which have strengthened modern people. The connection with the museum.

▲Picture from: Andersen Museum

Everyone may have had a fairy tale from Andersen in childhood, but many people slowly can't remember those stories.

Just as the city museum presents the historical memory of a city, the new Andersen Museum will attract more people from all over the world to visit it.

▲Picture from: Andersen Museum

It makes us feel not only new technologies and new experiences, but more importantly, it reminds people that they will never lose the dreams of the past and the fairy tales in their hearts.

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