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Cologne Architecture Prize 2010
Prizewinners: Architect Peter Zumthor
And Building Sponsor, the Cologne Archdiocese

Tribute: »For no other building has the nomination for this award been so unanimously agreed upon without further discussion as the new Kolumba Museum. Peter Zumthor’s building is an exceptional museum, precisely because it seems so restrained and contemplative in the midst of all the fracas about competitions for cultural buildings. With the exception of the heavily grained red wood paneling in the reading room, all of the elements in this work of art are quiet, respectful and sensually reserved. Even the three mighty light towers in the uppermost storey that bestow the artworks with upward-striving sublimity, fulfill this function with due respect. Composed as a fortress of light and changing volumes, this house of exhibitions consists of discreet sensations. Each hall leading upwards through the art reveals different proportions and lighting conditions; what is dark and flat opens into wide and light spaces, artificially lit cabinets alternate with halls flooded with daylight, their large windows structuring the façade as well. The filter frieze made of yellow bricks, which lights the excavation sites in the old St. Kolumba Church, around whose foundations and remains the museum was fashioned, is just as fortunate an invention of restraint and contemplation as the “cloister courtyard” behind the entrance, which creates a place of spiritual strength on the old cemetery. Also in the urban space between shopping passages, the WDR buildings, and the opera square, so flooded with symbols and styles, Zumthor’s protestant stringency creates a zone of rest, in which the remains of Catholic architecture are preserved with utmost care. His genius for translating the spirit of the search for meaning and answers, reflection and humility into timeless haptic and visual qualities, allows us to venture that Peter Zumthor’s Kolumba would manage to win the Cologne Architecture Prize even a hundred years from now.« (Till Briegleb). | Tender and Realization: Kölner Architekturpreis e.V., Responsible for the Kölner Architekturpreis e.V.: Architektur Forum Rheinland (AFR) / Bund Deutscher Architekten Köln (BDA) / Deutscher Werkbund Nordrhein-Westfalen (dwb NW) / Kölnischer Kunstverein (KKV). | Jury: Merlin Bauer, artist, Cologne/ Till Briegleb, journalist, Hamburg /Birgit Rudacs, architect BDA, Munich / Markus Schwieger, architect, Darmstadt / Carsten Venus, architect, Hamburg. The jury convened on 24 and 25 September 2010. | The award ceremony took place on 25 September in Cologne’s Spicherhöfen. The prize was accepted for the winner by Master Builder of the Archdiocese Martin Struck and Museum Director Stefan Kraus.

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KOLUMBA :: Awards :: 2010 Cologne Architecture Prize

Cologne Architecture Prize 2010
Prizewinners: Architect Peter Zumthor
And Building Sponsor, the Cologne Archdiocese

Tribute: »For no other building has the nomination for this award been so unanimously agreed upon without further discussion as the new Kolumba Museum. Peter Zumthor’s building is an exceptional museum, precisely because it seems so restrained and contemplative in the midst of all the fracas about competitions for cultural buildings. With the exception of the heavily grained red wood paneling in the reading room, all of the elements in this work of art are quiet, respectful and sensually reserved. Even the three mighty light towers in the uppermost storey that bestow the artworks with upward-striving sublimity, fulfill this function with due respect. Composed as a fortress of light and changing volumes, this house of exhibitions consists of discreet sensations. Each hall leading upwards through the art reveals different proportions and lighting conditions; what is dark and flat opens into wide and light spaces, artificially lit cabinets alternate with halls flooded with daylight, their large windows structuring the façade as well. The filter frieze made of yellow bricks, which lights the excavation sites in the old St. Kolumba Church, around whose foundations and remains the museum was fashioned, is just as fortunate an invention of restraint and contemplation as the “cloister courtyard” behind the entrance, which creates a place of spiritual strength on the old cemetery. Also in the urban space between shopping passages, the WDR buildings, and the opera square, so flooded with symbols and styles, Zumthor’s protestant stringency creates a zone of rest, in which the remains of Catholic architecture are preserved with utmost care. His genius for translating the spirit of the search for meaning and answers, reflection and humility into timeless haptic and visual qualities, allows us to venture that Peter Zumthor’s Kolumba would manage to win the Cologne Architecture Prize even a hundred years from now.« (Till Briegleb). | Tender and Realization: Kölner Architekturpreis e.V., Responsible for the Kölner Architekturpreis e.V.: Architektur Forum Rheinland (AFR) / Bund Deutscher Architekten Köln (BDA) / Deutscher Werkbund Nordrhein-Westfalen (dwb NW) / Kölnischer Kunstverein (KKV). | Jury: Merlin Bauer, artist, Cologne/ Till Briegleb, journalist, Hamburg /Birgit Rudacs, architect BDA, Munich / Markus Schwieger, architect, Darmstadt / Carsten Venus, architect, Hamburg. The jury convened on 24 and 25 September 2010. | The award ceremony took place on 25 September in Cologne’s Spicherhöfen. The prize was accepted for the winner by Master Builder of the Archdiocese Martin Struck and Museum Director Stefan Kraus.