In planning since 2014, this 1:20 model will show Prinsengracht 263 (the 'Anne Frank House') in 1944 appearances, with unprecedented detail. Construction started in 2019, the 75th year since Anne Frank's arrest, and the year of her would-be 90th birthday, and completion is tentatively projected for summer 2025.
This photo of the warehouse floor in the miniature house provides an idea of the model's attention to detail. Everything from the bricks on the ground to the ceiling beams, from the slats on the walls to the angles and number of stairs, is recreated.
Fully lit by LEDs, this room begins to resemble the real thing. The diagram above shows where this is in relation to Prinsengracht canal.
This rear warehouse is the first room you step into when visiting the museum (the right-side window has been renovated into a doorway).
Frequently Asked Questions
How large will the model be?
The completed miniature will be at 1:20 scale, making it approximately 120 cm long and 70 cm tall (dimensions not including the supporting base).
How much is it based on the real Anne Frank House?
One hundred per cent. The preparation stage for this project included extensive research: online, dialogue with the staff at the Anne Frank House, and three personal visits to the museum in Amsterdam (in 2017, 2018, and 2019). The goal is to make it as uncannily realistic as possible.
Will the model be furnished?
Yes. Per Otto Frank's wish, the museum in Amsterdam is completely empty, which is the state in which it was left after the Nazis' raid. However this model will include full decor of how the rooms may have appeared in August 1944.
How detailed will it be?
In a word, extremely! Beyond the floors, walls, and doors, details will extend to everything from the wallpaper to Anne's 'wall of celebrities'.
What is the inspiration behind this project?
It comes from a combined fascination with the Second World War (particularly the Western fronts and, in particular, the Holocaust), with miniatures, and with architecture.