KOLUMBA MUSEUM ZUMTHOR PDF

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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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Kolumba – Wikipedia

Zhmthor secret garden, stone ruins, a uniquely dense archaeological site: 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. A museum as a garden continually bringing a few alternately selected works of art to bloom.

The guiding thread of the collection is the quest for overarching order, measure, proportion and beauty which connects all creative work. This quest is the precious material for an aesthetic laboratory which studies the anthropological connections lying beyond mere chronology.

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Kolumba allows visitors to immerse themselves in the presence of their memories and offers them their own experiences on their way. 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 koulmba of the ruins. The new building develops seamlessly from the old remains whilst respecting it in every detail.

peter zumthor’s kolumba museum photographed by rasmus hjortshøj

Inside the building a peaceful courtyard takes the place of a lost medieval cemetery. The largest room of kolumbba 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. Its spatial structure was similarly developed from the idiosyncratic ground plan.

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The sixteen exhibition rooms possess the most varying qualities with regard to incoming daylight, size, proportion und 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.

Zumtjor 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.