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Competition ‘Historische Mitte Köln‘

The new buildings for the research and administration of the Römisch-Germanisches Museum, the Curia house of the high cathedral and the Kölner Stadtmuseum, will redefine the urban space on the baseplate of Cologne´s cathedral and generate a place where Cologne´s history can be presented and explored from diverse perspectives.
We united the requested functions in two typologically distinct structures, the powerful mass of the Stadtmuseum, with its perforated concrete-stone facade and large openings, which concludes the cathedral´s base to the south-east and the slender, rythmically structured administrations building for the Römisch Germanische Museum and the Curia house. A new museum forecourt where the buildings´ main entrances are located is created, tying the Römisch Germanische Museum and the new buildings to an ensemble together. The roman excavations under the cathedral´s base, that form the historic foundation of the two museums, are accessed via a shared lower foyer on the Kurt-Hackenberg-Platz.
The Stadtmuseum is organized around a courtyard that will house Cologne´s city model, and is, with the exception of two building cores, column-free in order to enable a flexible design of exhibitions. Double-height spaces with large panorama windows in the building´s corners permit the display of special exhibits in direct relation to the cathedral and the city.
The buildings are arranged in such a way that important lines of sight to Cologne´s cathedral and the inner city are preserved and connected to the new buildings.

Limited realisation competition 1st prize 2016
Team Petra Wäldle, Franziska Ebeler, Sophia Martinetz, Sönke Reteike, David Czepek

Client Stadt Köln and Metropolitankapitel der Hohen Domkirche Köln

Usable floor area 11,500 sqm


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