Winning designs for House of Fairytales unveiled

The winners of the architectural competition to design the House of Fairytales, the new home for HC Andersen’s stories scheduled to open on Funen in 2018, have been announced. The contest garnered the most interest of any architectural contest ever held in Denmark; some 475 proposals from 57 countries were judged. The three winners were announced today, 2 April, the anniversary of HC Andersen’s birthday.

The three winners will serve as inspiration as work begins on the new tourist attraction.

Russian-Swiss artist Rodion Kitaev presented an idea based on four main elements – a tower, a garden, a maze and a food court that the judges deemed both simple and inspirational.

British designer Leith Kerr’s 'Paper Cutting House' imagined a house seemingly clipped from paper sitting in a green garden, while the Norwegian Trans Border Studio’s proposal 'Hortus Conclusus' included an enclosed patio, art colonnade and a new garden.

The idea behind all of the proposals has been to augment Andersen's childhood home in Odense and create a new urban attraction in the Funen city.

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The triple digit budget for the attraction is already included in the government’s tourism strategy, and the new attraction is scheduled to be open by 2018.





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