brick:Peter Zumthor, Kolumba

peter zumthor, kolumba art museum

Project: Kolumba Art Museum

Designer: Peter Zumthor

Location: Cologne, Germany



peter zumthor, kolumba art museum

” The new Kolumba Art Museum designed by Peter Zumthor transfers the sum of the existing fragments into one complete building.”

peter zumthor, kolumba art museum

peter zumthor, kolumba art museum

peter zumthor, kolumba art museum

 ” The warm grey brick of the massive building unite with the tuffs, basalt and bricks of the ruins. Inside the building a peaceful courtyard takes the place of a lost medieval cemetery. 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.”

peter zumthor, kolumba art museum

  1. jonny edwards said:


    I am doing a project on the Kolumba Art Museum, and can seem to find any scale plans anywhere. Do you have a CAD file of the plans, or any scale drawings with an accurate scale, they would help immensely.

    thanks, keep up the great blog.


  2. Christiana Nikolaou said:

    I am also doing a project on this building and you can find the plans of this buidling in the book called “Peter Zumthor works buildings and projects 1979-1997”

  3. jojo said:

    About the brick pattern, it allows light to penetrate into the building. But how to solve ‘water-proof’ problem and how to put insulation?

    • Maybe it’s solved by a two layered brick pattern wall, with a inner glass leaf.

      • Which i don´t think so.
        Perhaps the area close by those walls allows a non-conditioned space and.
        I think that, in this case, there isn´t a ‘water-proof’ problem inasmuch as these are ruins.

  4. lilly lil said:

    This style of brick work is inspired by Indian architecture. It is called “Jali” walls.

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  6. 원영 said:

    I can’t find the boook “Peter Zumthor works”
    Could you give me the CAD file of Kolumba Museum?
    If you do, I’m very glad to your help
    (I’m not good at english:) )

    • Lisa Aubry said:

      Hey, je travaille sur le musée en ce moment, est ce que tu as pu avoir le fichier AutoCad ou les plans à l’échelle? ça pourrait beaucoup m’aider si c’est le cas.
      Merci 🙂

  7. Lucy said:

    Hi did you share CAD file? I would greatly appreciate if you could send one to me too! I’m trying to make a study model and this will help me tremendously.

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