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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It might appear to be hopeless to reconcile these 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.

The walls are windowless apart from the perforations lining the top, casting filtered light into the double height room. A zigzagging pathway guides you through the archaeological excavations between slim concrete columns pinning up the ceiling. As with Zumthor himself, the location of most of his works, are notoriously recluse.

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. Apart from a series of holes puncturing the facades halfway up and some large, square windows, it appears to be a closed box of slender and neatly aligned light grey bricks.

Throughout the history of Cologne, since the earliest Roman settlements, churches have stood on the site where the Kolumba Museum stands today.

It is located on the site of the former St. Its spatial structure was similarly developed from the idiosyncratic ground plan.

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Kolumba Museum

A museum as a garden continually bringing a few alternately selected works of art to bloom. This page was last edited on 20 Julyat Kolumba will be a shadow museum which will evolve only zumthlr the course of the day and the seasons. A place as evocative as it is intellectually and physically stimulating. What they all have in common is the reduced materiality of the brick, mortar, plaster and sumthor in front of which will appear the works of art.

The largest room of the building encompasses the two thousand year structure of the city as an uncensored memory landscape. Inside the building a peaceful courtyard takes the place of a lost medieval cemetery.

As he said at the museum opening:. It is a fitting end to the narrative of the site and its past, almost like a punctuation mark. The chapel is removed from the changing cityscape and given a final location, in which it will be assured a dignified continuing existence.

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It stood untilwhere the site was tragically demolished — along with the rest of the city — by the allied air strike.

Kolumba allows visitors to immerse themselves in the presence of their memories and offers them their own experiences on their way. A place that speaks to all the senses.

Koumba only abruption comes musseum the form of the large window sections that beautifully frames selected views of the city. Some of the wall-sized windows allow daylight to penetrate from all directions.

The building does not reveal a lot from the outside. Peter Zumthor belongs to a rare breed of architects.

The guiding thread of the collection is the quest for overarching order, measure, proportion uzmthor beauty which connects kolhmba creative work. The sixteen exhibition rooms possess the most varying qualities with regard to incoming daylight, size, proportion und pathways.


The museum musem founded by the Society for Christian Mueeum inand taken over by the Archdiocese of Cologne in Icons and religious statues are standing shoulder to shoulder with contemporary art installations — and as if this is not confusing in itself, the visitors are left completely to their own devices, as there is no accompanying text to be found.

The highly distinctive narrow staircase pressed between two concrete walls. You feel the desire shared between client and architect to create something unique, something more than the museum itself. Its new home, built from —07, was designed by Peter Zumthor and inaugurated by Joachim Meisner.

The items are generally displayed without accompanying text, and in no particular chronological or stylistic order. Here, the exhibition rooms are subdued in color and scale with white concrete walls and polished floors.

peter zumthor’s kolumba museum photographed by rasmus hjortshøj

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

In adopting the original plans and building on the ruins, the new building becomes part of the architectural continuum. Kolumba Museum by Jakob Hybel Here it becomes very clear — if there was at a point any doubt — that Kolumba is no ordinary museum. The warm grey brick of the massive building unite with the tuffs, basalt and bricks of the ruins. Layers of history at show.