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

Art museums and galleries in Germany Museums in Cologne Buildings mussum structures in Cologne Art museums established in establishments in Prussia establishments in Germany. The items are generally displayed without accompanying text, and in no particular chronological or stylistic order. 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.

Though respectful of the location and the seriousness of its contents, Kolumba will emanate serenity and an inviting cheerfulness. The chapel is removed from the changing cityscape and given a final location, in which it will be assured a dignified continuing existence.

Some of the wall-sized windows allow daylight to penetrate from mudeum directions. It stood untilwhere the site was tragically demolished — along with the rest of the city — by the allied air strike. Its spatial structure was similarly developed from the idiosyncratic ground plan.


Even the handrail is designed by Zumthor. Throughout the history of Cologne, since the earliest Roman settlements, churches have stood on the site where the Kolumba Museum stands today. What they all have in common is the reduced materiality of the brick, mortar, plaster and terrazzo in front kolukba which will appear the works of art.

KOLUMBA :: Architecture :: Project

The site muswum originally occupied by the romanesque Church of St. A secret garden, stone ruins, a uniquely dense archaeological site: 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 Kolumba Museum is the exception.

Layers of history at show. The highly distinctive narrow staircase pressed between two concrete walls.

As he said at the museum opening:. The largest room of the building encompasses the two thousand year structure of the city as an uncensored memory landscape. A zigzagging pathway guides you through the archaeological excavations between slim concrete columns pinning up the ceiling. You feel the desire shared between client and architect to create something unique, something more than the museum itself.

The steel frames decorate the brick coat like brooches and segment the monumental facade. The work on the project yielded the following reduction: 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. Inside the building a peaceful courtyard takes the place of a lost medieval cemetery.


Kolumba Museum

The warm grey brick of the massive building unite with the tuffs, basalt and bricks of the ruins. Its new home, built from —07, was designed by Peter Zumthor and inaugurated by Joachim Meisner.

Kolumba Museum by Jakob Hybel The walls are windowless apart from the perforations lining the top, casting filtered light into the double height room. The collection includes paintings, drawings, prints, sculptures, decorative art and religious icons from Late Antiquity to the present.

Kolumba allows visitors to immerse themselves in the presence of their memories and offers them their own experiences on their way.

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. It is located on the site of the former St. Peter Zumthor belongs to a rare breed of architects. The building does not reveal a lot from the outside. Until it was located near Cologne Cathedral.