The Fairy O

Hans Christian Andersen House of Fairy Tales

Theme: museum, park, public space, re-qualification of historical building
Location: Odense, Denmark
Date : November 2013
Mission : International competition, the new house of fairytale will integrate the historical house of Andersen, garden, and tinderbox as a whole and as a important urban space
Size: 12,000 m2
Client :  City of Odense, Realdania
Team: Dao-Ming CHANG and Ilaria MANCINI, in partnership with bam! (Turin)

The Fairy O is a “Fairytale break“ in the urban form of Odense.

The garden brings visitors to enter in a surreal world in a sudden: the woods, the dunes, a single tall fir, flowers, and grass.
The itinerary to the House of Fairytale starts in the garden, which is made with the elements that tells implicitly the fragments and recalls the various scene of the fairytale. The ramp on the side of Bangs Boder connects the roof to the ground and makes it as a part of the garden. The visitors are firstly guided by the internal loop to the underground world of Andersen’s fairytale, where the various scenes of fairytale are represented by the change of natural light. Then the loop brings the visitors to the world above ground, always circulated by the fairytale garden. In the end, the itinerary finishes at the birth house of Andersen, where visitors are able to discover the life of the author and create their own story with the personal electronic device.