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Large Nike 2013
Prizewinners: Architect Peter Zumthor & Partner
and the Building Sponsor Cologne Archdiocese

For the third time, the BDA has awarded the »Nike«, a prize that honors Germany's architects and building sponsors for their outstanding achievements in architecture and urban development. In each of six categories defining the essential elements of architectural and urban planning qualities, a »Nike« was awarded. The »Large Nike«, a sculpture created by Wieland Förster, goes to the most notable project to have come about in recent years. | The jury's decision went to: »Kolumba. Art Museum of the Cologne Archdiocese. In every respect, it is an extraordinary place. Here, Peter Zumthor has created a spatial composition that - in grappling with the history of the location - has assembled the many disparate elements to form an unmistakably distinctive whole. The visitor to the Museum enters into another world where the noisy city just outside it is immediately forgotten and the testimonies of buildings of the past, illuminated by incidental rays of light, enter into dialogue with the ambitious concept of the art museum of the Archdiocese. The new museum building takes up the building lines of the Gothic St. Kolumba Church precisely, integrating them into the existing structure. The facade of the new museum rises up from pre-existing foundations. The chapel "Madonna in the Ruins", built by Gottfried Böhm in the 1950s, is incorporated with its own separate entrance. It stands amongst a landscape of ruins along with the foundations of the predecessor churches. This ruins landscape, being at once the largest and most unique exhibition space, gets its light through the perforated filter structure of the brick facade. Above this central space, and supported by twelve-meter-high steel supports, the actual museum seems to float, transforming the excavation site into a seemingly sacred place of worship and contemplation. Thus, the old, preserved structure is joined with the new to form an architecturally shaped history. Sublimely, the interior exhibition rooms on the upper level reveal themselves to be a composition of light, material and space. We find exhibition halls veiled in bright daylight followed by artificially lit cabinet rooms, wide and narrow openings, intimate reflections on art and intended views out to the city. In the Kolumba building, Peter Zumthor addresses the fundamental questions of architecture with respect to space, time, material and urban layout. His answer inspires in us a wonderful way to see, feel, experience and contemplate. Kolumba has become a place of dignity through its simplicity and extremely precise architecture, which convinces us in every detail.« | The award ceremony took place on June 21, 2013 at the Film Museum in Frankfurt. Laudatory speech was held by Michael Frielinghaus. | Jury: Prof. Andreas Emminger, johannsraum. Studio for Architecture, Nuremberg; Michael Frielinghaus. BLFP Frielinghaus architect and president of BDA. Friedberg; Dr Roman Hollenstein, Neue Zürcher Zeitung, Zurich; Prof. Françoise-Hélène Jourda, Jourda Architectes, Paris; Anne Kaestle, Duplex Architekten, Zurich; Ulla Luther. State Councilor, ret., Berlin; Peter Cachola Schmal, Director of the German Architecture Museum DAM. Frankfurt / Main

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KOLUMBA :: Awards :: 2013 Large Nike des BDA

Large Nike 2013
Prizewinners: Architect Peter Zumthor & Partner
and the Building Sponsor Cologne Archdiocese

For the third time, the BDA has awarded the »Nike«, a prize that honors Germany's architects and building sponsors for their outstanding achievements in architecture and urban development. In each of six categories defining the essential elements of architectural and urban planning qualities, a »Nike« was awarded. The »Large Nike«, a sculpture created by Wieland Förster, goes to the most notable project to have come about in recent years. | The jury's decision went to: »Kolumba. Art Museum of the Cologne Archdiocese. In every respect, it is an extraordinary place. Here, Peter Zumthor has created a spatial composition that - in grappling with the history of the location - has assembled the many disparate elements to form an unmistakably distinctive whole. The visitor to the Museum enters into another world where the noisy city just outside it is immediately forgotten and the testimonies of buildings of the past, illuminated by incidental rays of light, enter into dialogue with the ambitious concept of the art museum of the Archdiocese. The new museum building takes up the building lines of the Gothic St. Kolumba Church precisely, integrating them into the existing structure. The facade of the new museum rises up from pre-existing foundations. The chapel "Madonna in the Ruins", built by Gottfried Böhm in the 1950s, is incorporated with its own separate entrance. It stands amongst a landscape of ruins along with the foundations of the predecessor churches. This ruins landscape, being at once the largest and most unique exhibition space, gets its light through the perforated filter structure of the brick facade. Above this central space, and supported by twelve-meter-high steel supports, the actual museum seems to float, transforming the excavation site into a seemingly sacred place of worship and contemplation. Thus, the old, preserved structure is joined with the new to form an architecturally shaped history. Sublimely, the interior exhibition rooms on the upper level reveal themselves to be a composition of light, material and space. We find exhibition halls veiled in bright daylight followed by artificially lit cabinet rooms, wide and narrow openings, intimate reflections on art and intended views out to the city. In the Kolumba building, Peter Zumthor addresses the fundamental questions of architecture with respect to space, time, material and urban layout. His answer inspires in us a wonderful way to see, feel, experience and contemplate. Kolumba has become a place of dignity through its simplicity and extremely precise architecture, which convinces us in every detail.« | The award ceremony took place on June 21, 2013 at the Film Museum in Frankfurt. Laudatory speech was held by Michael Frielinghaus. | Jury: Prof. Andreas Emminger, johannsraum. Studio for Architecture, Nuremberg; Michael Frielinghaus. BLFP Frielinghaus architect and president of BDA. Friedberg; Dr Roman Hollenstein, Neue Zürcher Zeitung, Zurich; Prof. Françoise-Hélène Jourda, Jourda Architectes, Paris; Anne Kaestle, Duplex Architekten, Zurich; Ulla Luther. State Councilor, ret., Berlin; Peter Cachola Schmal, Director of the German Architecture Museum DAM. Frankfurt / Main