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"In order to sensitize perception: We desire a lively museum that corresponds to the reality and the dignity of what already exists here, an architecture that creates space but exercises restraint, uses durable materials, a minimum of technology, displays simplicity and functionality in the details, is meticulously executed in keeping with the materials; in short, a natural setting for people and art." (Preamble to the Call for Bids)
Press reviews: "For the first time a stroke of good luck: the bidding invitation to the competition for the Diocesan Museum in Cologne! They should frame it."(Max Bächer. DAB. 3/1997); "This is the result of one of the most difficult and painstakingly prepared architectural competitions in recent times." (Andreas Rossmann, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. June 14,1997)
Type of competition: The Cologne Archdiocese advertises an open and anonymous Realization Competition with additional invitations for the new Museum of the Cologne Archdiocese, St. Kolumba.
Competition task: The task of the competition comprises the designing of the new building of the Diocesan Museum on the plot of St. Kolumba Church in the inner city, which had been completely destroyed down to its exterior walls in World War II. All fragments of it, which have been preserved to date, are to be included in the design. With the new building, to be realized at the end of the 20th century on the basis of an expanded concept of art, a new, path-breaking form of a museum's understanding of itself is to be achieved.
Additional invitations: Carlo Baumschlager / Dietmar Eberle, Lochau (A); Ben van Berkel, Van Berkel & Bos, Amsterdam (NL); David Chipperfield Architects, London (GB); Annette Gigon / Mike Guyer, Zurich (CH); Mäckler, Frankfurt / M. (D); Paul Robbrecht / Hilde Daem, Ghent (B); Peter Zumthor, Haldenstein (CH)
Dates / Participants: Issue of documents: Dec. 16, 1996; Submission deadline: April 22, 1997; Number of participants: 167 (of which 166 were admitted)
Jury: Jurors: Dipl. Ing. Prof. Max Bächer, Darmstadt: Dipl. Ing. Ivan Chlumsky, Lübeck; Dipl. Ing. Hartmut Hoferichter, City Planning Office, Cologne; Dipl. Ing. Alois Peitz, Trier; Dipl. Ing. Josef Rüenauver, Master Builder of the Cologne Archdiocese; Prof. Stefan Wewerka, Cologne; Dipl. Ing. Prof. Erwin H. Zander, Cologne; Deputy Jurors: Dipl. Ing. Georg Wendel, Diocesan master builder Münster; Adjudicator experts: Dr. Norbert Feldhoff, Vicar General of the Cologne Archdiocese; Prof. Dr. Hans Gerd Hellenkemper, Head of Archaeological Monuments Preservation Office / Director of the Römisch-Germanisches Museum, Cologne; Prof. Dr. Wulf Herzogenrath, Director of the Kunsthalle Bremen; Dr. Joachim M. Plotzek, Director of the Diocesan Museum of the Archbishopric of Cologne; Prelate Ludwig Schoeller, Episcopal Vicar, Cologne; Dr. Katharina Winnekes, Museum of the Archbishopric of Cologne; Deputy Jurors: Prof. Dr. Herbert Beck, Director of the Städtisches Kunstinstitut, Frankfurt; Hermann Josef Schon, Finance Director at the Vicar General's office of the Archbishopric of Cologne; Non-voting experts: Prof. Dipl. Ing. Béla Dören, Head of the Department of Construction Affairs, City of Cologne; Dr. Ulrich Krings, City Conservator, Cologne; Prof. Dr. Udo Mainzer, Regional Conservator, Brauweiler; Wolfgang Maria Pilartz, St. Kolumba Church, Cologne; Dr. Sven Seiler, staff member of the Archaeological Monuments Preservation Office, Cologne;
Preliminary Examination: Office of Faltin - Scheuvens - Wachten, Dortmund; Dipl. Ing. Johannes Hogenschurz, Building Authority of the Archdiocese, Cologne; Gerhard Kahlert, Energy and Environmental Technology, Haltern; Dr. Ing Albert Kemna. Director of the Building Authority of the Archdiocese, Cologne; Dr. Stefan Kraus, Museum of the Archbishopric of Cologne; Dipl. Ing. Otmar Schwab, structural engineer, Cologne; Elisabeth M. Spiegel, staff member of the Archaeological Monuments Preservation Office, Cologne
Jury session: The jury convened at 10 o'clock a.m. on June 10 and adjourned its session at 2: 45 p.m. on June 12. For the competition, 166 works were submitted on time. In the first round of judging, 58 designs were sorted out and eliminated. During second round, a further 68 designs were eliminated. In a third round, the remaining designs were examined as to their suitability for being included in a shortlist. 12 designs were then shortlisted.
Prizes and Acquisitions: 1st prize: Peter Zumthor, CH - Haldenstein (voting result: 12:1 / prize money: DM 45,000); 2nd prize: Annette Gigon / Mike Guyer, CH - Zurich (voting result: unanimous / prize money: DM 36,000); 4th prize (a): Prof. Petry and Partner, Cologne (voting result: 12:2 / prize money: DM 24,300); 4th prize (b): David Chipperfield Architects, GB - London (voting result: 11:2 / prize money: DM 24,300); 5th prize: Van Berkel & Bos, Amsterdam (voting result: 9:4 / prize money: DM 14,400); 1st acquisition : Eun Young Yi, Hürth (voting result: 11:2 / acquisition bonus: DM 9,000); 2nd acquisition : Hermann. H. Müller, Düsseldorf (voting result: 7:6 / acquisition bonus: DM 9,000); 3rd acquisition: architect Fischer + Fischer, Cologne (voting result: 12:1 / acquisition bonus: DM 9,000) 4th Acquisition: WK Mueller, Eitorf (voting result: 7:6 / acquisition bonus: DM 9,000)
Excerpts from the jury's evaluation of the award winner: "In a exceptional way, this work has managed to implement the integrative intent of the competition organizer and to connect the chapel on a par with the archaeological and building monuments of Kolumba Church in a single building construction. (...) The exhibition levels display differentiated surfaces and heights with well-structured spaces and significantly differentiated lighting by means of skylights, sidelights, and artificial light. (...) The distribution of administration and restoration rooms on different levels has been structured clearly according to function, thus optimally facilitating museum work. (...) The proposed choice of building materials will meet the demands of the place in a unique way".
Book publication: Kolumba – Ein Architekturwettbewerb in Köln 1997
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