It is located on the site of the former St. Kolumba church, and run by the Archdiocese of Cologne. It is one of the oldest museums in the city, alongside the Wallraf-Richartz Museum. The museum was founded by the Society for Christian Art in , and taken over by the Archdiocese of Cologne in Until it was located near Cologne Cathedral.

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May be because we wanted to distinguish divisare from the web that is condemned to a sort of vertical communication, always with the newest architecture at the top of the page, as the "cover story," "the focus. Content that was destined, just like the oh-so-new architecture that had just preceded it a few hours earlier, to rapidly slide down, day after day, lower and lower, in a vertical plunge towards the scrapheap of page 2.

Our model was the bookcase, on whose shelves we have gathered and continue to collect hundreds and hundreds of publications by theme. Every Collection in our Atlas tells a particular story, conveys a specific viewpoint from which to observe the last 20 years of contemporary architecture. A long, patient job of cataloguing, done by hand: image after image, project after project, post after post. Behind all this there is the certainty that we can do better than the fast, distracted web we know today, where the prevailing business model is: "you make money only if you manage to distract your readers from the contents of your own site.

From the website of the Museum. The new building designed by Peter Zumthor transfers the sum of the existing fragments into one complete building. 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.

The new building develops seamlessly from the old remains whilst respecting it in every detail. Inside the building a peaceful courtyard takes the place of a lost medieval cemetery. The largest room of the building encompasses the two thousand year structure of the city as an uncensored memory landscape.

The chapel is removed from the changing cityscape and given a final location, in which it will be assured a dignified continuing existence. Located above — carried by slim columns, which gently prod the archaeological excavation like needles — is an exhibition floor. Its spatial structure was similarly developed from the idiosyncratic ground plan.

It connects seamlessly to the northern building part, which — as a completely new building — will house further exhibition rooms and the treasury as well as the stairway, foyer, museum entrance and the underground storage areas. The sixteen exhibition rooms possess the most varying qualities with regard to incoming daylight, size, proportion and pathways. 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.

Kolumba will be a shadow museum which will evolve only in the course of the day and the seasons. Some of the wall-sized windows allow daylight to penetrate from all directions.

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. Alberto Campo Baeza. Varia Architectonica Alfredo Pirri. Time is the Best Architect Beniamino Servino.

Tacuit et fecit Curves Dario Passi. Oblique Drawing Luca Galofaro. Atlas of Notes Montages Orthogonal. Anger of Form Scrapbook Steven Holl. Wellness Facilities and Spas. So we began to build divisare not vertically, but horizontally. It is a different idea of the web, which we might call slow web.

Peter Zumthor. Add to collection. Published on July 24, Project Year. Photos by. Archdiocese Ordinariate of Cologne. Atlas of Architecture. Published on. Divisare Homepage. Divisare Journal.


Kolumba Museum / Peter Zumthor

In World War II, the city of Cologne , Germany , was bombed by allied air strikes, and left drowning in ruins with a huge loss of lives and property. In those medieval times, Saint Kolumba Parish was the biggest and leading church in the city. Strong it stood for decades until when the whole site was hit by a bombing that catastrophically demolished everything in its wake. In the church, the only thing to survive that war unscathed was an old Gothic image of the Virgin placed on a pillar. In , after the Kolumba Art Society had taken over the land, it put out a competition to build what would become the Kolumba museum.


Kolumba Museum by Peter Zumthor: Moving On, Majestically

Jun Built on the ruins of the Gothic Church of St. Peter Zumthor belongs to a rare breed of architects. As with Zumthor himself, the location of most of his works, are notoriously recluse. The Kolumba Museum is the exception.


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