Kolumba museum peter zumthor cologne germany archute_32 The “Madonna of the Ruins” – only surviving image after the church bombing. danish photographer rasmus hjortshøj has shared new images of peter zumthor’s kolumba museum in the german city of cologne. The Kolumba (previously Diözesanmuseum, “Diocesan Museum”) is an art museum in The new structure Zumthor built for the museum now shares its site with the ruins of the Gothic church and the s chapel, wrapping a perforated grey.

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The chapel is removed from the changing cityscape and given a final location, in which it will be assured a dignified continuing existence. A museum as a garden continually bringing a few alternately selected works of art to bloom. Even the handrail is designed by Zumthor.

Layers of history at show. Inside the building a peaceful courtyard takes the place of a lost medieval cemetery. This page was last edited on 20 Julyat Here it becomes very clear — if there was at a point any doubt — that Kolumba is no ordinary museum.

Kolumba will be a shadow museum which will evolve only in the course of the muuseum and the seasons. A place that speaks to all zumthot senses. The Kolumba Museum is the exception. Its spatial structure was similarly developed from the idiosyncratic ground plan. The walls are windowless apart from the perforations lining the top, casting filtered light into the double height room.

The new building kolumab by Peter Zumthor transfers the sum of the existing fragments into one complete building.

The sixteen exhibition rooms possess the most varying qualities with regard to incoming daylight, size, proportion und pathways. You feel the desire shared between client and architect to create something unique, something more than the museum itself.

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As you stand amidst the room with all layers of history exposed, protected by the outer walls that gently wraps everything together, there is umseum serene calmness and odd timelessness. Back at the foyer, a narrow staircase takes you upstairs to the art exhibit, where the collection of the Archdiocese, who commissioned the museum, is at show. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. It is a fitting end kolumha the narrative of the site and its past, almost like a punctuation mark.

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The items are generally displayed without accompanying text, and in no particular chronological or stylistic order. A place as evocative as it is intellectually and physically stimulating. Kolumba Museum by Jakob Hybel Throughout the history of Cologne, since the earliest Roman settlements, churches have stood on the site where the Kkolumba Museum stands today. The only abruption comes in the form of the large window sections that beautifully frames selected views of the city.

It is one of the oldest museums in the city, alongside the Wallraf-Richartz Museum.

peter zumthor’s kolumba museum in cologne photographed by rasmus hjortshøj

The work on the project yielded the following reduction: Views Read Edit View history. The steel frames decorate the brick coat like brooches and segment the monumental facade.

Though respectful of the location and the seriousness of its contents, Kolumba will emanate serenity and an inviting cheerfulness.

In adopting the original plans and building on the ruins, the new building becomes part of the architectural continuum. The warm grey brick of the massive building unite with the tuffs, basalt and bricks of the ruins. It might appear to be hopeless to reconcile zmthor many layers of history, but it seems Zumthor chose to to see it as a challenge and he has intelligently managed to add to the architectural continuum, while keeping and embracing the pre-existing fragments.

Built on the ruins of the Gothic Church of St.

peter zumthor’s kolumba museum photographed by rasmus hjortshøj

It stood untilwhere the site was tragically demolished — along with the rest of the city — by the allied air strike. The site was originally occupied by the romanesque Church of St. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.


It is located on the site of the former St. The new building develops seamlessly from the old remains whilst respecting it in every detail. The museum was founded by the Society for Christian Art inand taken over by the Archdiocese of Cologne in What they all have in common is the reduced materiality of the brick, mortar, plaster and terrazzo in front of which will appear the works of art.

A secret garden, stone ruins, a uniquely dense archaeological site: Kolumba allows visitors to immerse themselves in the presence of their memories and offers them their own experiences on their way. The building does not reveal a lot from the outside.

The occasion is the new building for the Cologne Diocese Museum, which was established koolumba and which features an extraordinary collection spanning from early Christianity to contemporary art. The highly distinctive narrow staircase pressed between two concrete walls. The collection includes paintings, drawings, prints, sculptures, decorative art and religious icons from Late Antiquity to the present. Retrieved from ” https: This quest is the precious material for an aesthetic laboratory kolumb studies the anthropological connections lying beyond mere chronology.

As with Zumthor himself, the location of most of his works, are notoriously recluse. Peter Zumthor belongs to a rare breed of architects. Apart from a series of holes puncturing the facades halfway up and some large, square windows, it appears zumtjor be a closed box of slender and neatly aligned light grey bricks. Here, the exhibition rooms are subdued in color and scale with white concrete walls and polished floors.