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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 warm grey brick of the massive building kolumbx with the tuffs, basalt and bricks of the ruins. Columba church, and run by the Archdiocese of Cologne.

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. Kolumba Muzeum by Jakob Hybel The muswum abruption comes in the form of the large window sections that beautifully frames selected views of the city. The walls are windowless apart from the perforations lining the top, casting filtered light into the double height room.

Kolumba Museum

Its spatial structure was similarly developed from the idiosyncratic ground plan. A zigzagging pathway guides you through the archaeological excavations between slim concrete columns pinning up the ceiling. A secret garden, stone ruins, lolumba uniquely dense klumba site: A place that speaks to all the senses.

In adopting the original plans and building on the ruins, the new building becomes part of the architectural continuum. It is one of the oldest museums in the zumtor, alongside the Wallraf-Richartz Museum. It is located on the site of the former St.


The sixteen exhibition rooms possess the most varying qualities with regard to incoming daylight, size, proportion und pathways. Inside the building a peaceful courtyard takes the place of a lost medieval cemetery.

As you stand amidst the room with all layers of history exposed, protected by the outer walls that gently wraps everything together, there is a serene calmness and odd timelessness. The new building designed by Peter Zumthor transfers the sum of the existing fragments into one complete building.

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Images of the Kolumba Museum by Peter Zumthor

The museum was founded by the Society for Kolimba Art inand taken over by the Archdiocese of Cologne in Views Read Edit View history. Here, the exhibition rooms are subdued in color and scale with white concrete walls and polished floors. In other projects Wikimedia Commons. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. The work on the project yielded the following reduction: The chapel is removed from the changing cityscape and given a final location, in which it will be assured a dignified continuing existence.

As he said at the museum opening:.

Art oolumba and galleries in Germany Museums in Cologne Buildings and structures in Cologne Art museums established in establishments in Prussia establishments in Germany. The steel frames decorate the brick coat like brooches and segment the monumental facade. 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.

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

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

Even the handrail is designed by Zumthor. Until it was located near Cologne Cathedral. Retrieved from ” https: Built on the ruins of the Gothic Church of St. zumtnor


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 occasion is the new building for the Cologne Diocese Museum, which was established in and which features an extraordinary collection spanning from early Christianity to contemporary art.

You feel the desire shared between client and architect to create something unique, something more than the museum itself. It is a fitting end to the narrative of the site and its past, almost like a punctuation mark. Throughout the history of Cologne, since the earliest Roman settlements, churches have stood on the site where the Kolumba Museum stands today.

Here it becomes very clear — if there was at a point any doubt — that Kolumba is no ordinary museum. A museum as a garden continually bringing a few alternately selected works of art to bloom.

Kolumba allows visitors to immerse themselves in the presence of their memories and offers them their own experiences on their way. Kolumba will be a shadow museum which will evolve only in the course of the day and the seasons. It stood untilwhere the site was tragically demolished — along with the rest of the city — by the allied air strike. A place as evocative as it is intellectually and physically stimulating. The site zumthod originally occupied by the romanesque Church of St.

The items are generally displayed without accompanying text, and in no particular chronological or stylistic order. The Kolumba Museum is the exception.