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Peter Zumthor
location Cologne
function museum
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Kolumba is the art museum of the archbishopric of Cologne. As combination of place, collection and architecture it allows the visitor to experience two millennia of western culture in one building housing art from late antiquity to the present. The architecture combines the ruins of the late Gothic church St. Kolumba, the chapel “Madonna in the Ruins” (1950), the unique archaeological excavation (1973-1976), and the new building designed by the Swiss architect Peter Zumthor. The warm grey brick of the massive building unite with the tuffs, basalt and bricks of the ruins. A secret garden, stone ruins, a uniquely dense archaeological site: the ruins of the gothic church in the center of rebuilt Cologne are the most impressive symbol of the city’s almost complete destruction during the Second World War. Kolumba allows visitors to immerse themselves in the presence of their memories and offers them their own experiences on their way.

pdlh says:
San Sebastian, Spain 31-May-10
Marija_B says:
Worshiping Zumthor. Nothing less, nothing more.
Belgrade, Serbia 01-Dec-09
sitec says:
This is in my opinion not one of the best projects of Zumthor. Materialisation and contextuality are less refined than in other projects
guido says:
mind that the museum is closed from the 1st til the 13th of september every year for exhibition turnover
Matt says:
This is a great museum, was there a few weeks ago. I just thought the lobby could use a little "service design" as I did not understand where to go or where to get the ticket etc.
Den Haag, Netherlands 04-Apr-09
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Kolumbastraße 4
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Opening hours Wednesday to Monday 12 to 5 p.m. closed on Tuesdays
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Completion 9- 2007
Floor area/size 6200 m2
Cost € 43500000,-
ArchitectPeter Zumthor
Client Erzbistum Generalvikariat
Project ID 1428
Latitude/Longitude 50°56'18N 06°57'16E
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