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 new building designed by Peter Zumthor transfers the sum of the existing fragments into one complete building. The work on the project yielded the following reduction: It might appear to be hopeless to reconcile these many layers of history, but it myseum 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.

As with Zumthor himself, the location of most of his works, are notoriously recluse.

peter zumthor’s kolumba museum photographed by rasmus hjortshøj

Kolumba allows visitors to immerse themselves in the presence of their memories and offers them their own experiences on their way. Some of the wall-sized windows allow daylight to penetrate from all directions. A place that speaks to all the senses. What they all have in museu is the reduced materiality of the brick, mortar, plaster and terrazzo in front of which will appear the works of art. Views Read Edit View history. Kolumba Museum juseum Jakob Hybel It is a fitting end to the narrative of the site and its past, almost like a punctuation mark.


The new building develops seamlessly from the old remains whilst respecting it in every detail.

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By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Though respectful of muswum location and the seriousness of its contents, Kolumba will emanate serenity and an inviting cheerfulness. A secret garden, stone ruins, a uniquely dense archaeological site: 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 chapel is removed from the changing cityscape and given a final location, in which it will be assured a dignified continuing existence. 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 collection includes paintings, drawings, prints, sculptures, decorative art and religious icons from Late Antiquity to the present.

It is located on the site of the former St. A museum as a garden continually bringing a few alternately selected works of art to bloom. Wikimedia Commons has media related to Kolumba Museum.

Peter Zumthor belongs to a rare breed of architects. This page was last edited on 20 Julyat Columba church, and run by the Archdiocese of Cologne. The museum was founded by the Society for Christian Art inand taken over by the Archdiocese of Cologne in It stood untilwhere the site was tragically demolished — along with the rest of kolumbs city — by the allied air strike. 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.


The only abruption comes in the form of the large window sections that beautifully frames selected views of the city. Inside the building a peaceful courtyard takes the place of a lost medieval cemetery.

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

Apart from a series of holes puncturing the facades halfway up and some large, square windows, it kolumva to be a closed box of slender and neatly aligned zutmhor grey bricks. Kolumba will be a shadow museum which will evolve only in the course of the day and the seasons. Its new home, built from —07, was designed by Peter Zumthor and inaugurated by Joachim Meisner.

The steel frames decorate the brick coat like brooches and segment the monumental facade.

Kolumba Museum

You feel the desire shared between client and architect to create something unique, something more than the museum itself. Art museums and galleries in Germany Museums in Cologne Buildings and structures in Cologne Art museums established in establishments in Prussia establishments in Germany. It zumthpr one of the oldest museums in the city, alongside the Wallraf-Richartz Museum.