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When Kolumba’s architectural competition was tendered, the question concerning the materials to be used played an important role and was dealt with at length. In the context of the existing building structure, an attempt was made to precisely define the boundary between architecture and the building materials used on the one hand, and the work of art on the other. Moreover, great attention was devoted to the physical properties of the materials used, above all in terms of their capacity for preserving the temperature of the rooms. The work on the project yielded the following reduction: light gray brick walls (Kolumba stones) and clay plaster, flooring made of Jura limestone, terrazzo, and mortar, ceilings made of a poured mortar shell, window frames, doors, casings and fittings of steel, wall paneling and furniture of wood, textiles and leather, curtains of leather and silk.


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KOLUMBA :: Architecture :: Materials

When Kolumba’s architectural competition was tendered, the question concerning the materials to be used played an important role and was dealt with at length. In the context of the existing building structure, an attempt was made to precisely define the boundary between architecture and the building materials used on the one hand, and the work of art on the other. Moreover, great attention was devoted to the physical properties of the materials used, above all in terms of their capacity for preserving the temperature of the rooms. The work on the project yielded the following reduction: light gray brick walls (Kolumba stones) and clay plaster, flooring made of Jura limestone, terrazzo, and mortar, ceilings made of a poured mortar shell, window frames, doors, casings and fittings of steel, wall paneling and furniture of wood, textiles and leather, curtains of leather and silk.