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Cologne: The Latest Architecture and News

J. Mayer H. Selected to Design New Façade of Cologne Main Station

J. Mayer H. has won a competition to design the new façade of Cologne Main Station on Breslauer Platz in Germany. The design proposal frames the sides of the rail station with an all-around façade that offers an innovative use of space by making the best of the site's circulation and natural resources. The intervention will feature rooftop landscaping with local flowers and greenery, rainwater collection, protection from rain, wind, and sunlight, and a visual emphasis on the station's points of access.

Courtesy of BloomimagesCourtesy of BloomimagesEuroplatz Pavilion. Image © David FranckCourtesy of Bloomimages+ 4

9 Cities with Medieval Plans Seen from Above

Moscow, Russia. Image created by @benjaminrgrant, source imagery: @maxartechnologiesGruissan, France. Image created by @overview, source imagery: @maxartechnologies.Cologne, Germany. Image created by @dailyoverview, source imagery: @maxartechnologiesPrague, Czech Republic. Image created by @dailyoverview, source imagery @maxartechnologies+ 10

In his book Breve Historia del Urbanismo (Brief History of Urbanism), Fernando Chueca Goitia states that the medieval city appeared at the beginning of the 11th century and flourished only between the 12th and 13th centuries. According to the author, this growth was closely linked to the development of commerce that allowed permanent occupations, resulting in a city no longer composed mainly of travelers. In other words, the bourgeoisie was formed thanks to the most diverse activities - craftsmen, tradesmen, blacksmiths, longshoremen - which stimulated the development of the medieval city.

University Library Cologne / ANDREAS SCHÜRING ARCHITECTS

Courtesy of ANDREAS SCHÜRING ARCHITECTS
Courtesy of ANDREAS SCHÜRING ARCHITECTS

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Commercial Building Hohe Strasse 52 / Kuehn Malvezzi

© Ralph Müller© Ralph Müller© Ralph Müller© Ralph Müller+ 13

Cologne, Germany

Immanuel Church / Sauerbruch Hutton

© Thomas Mayer
© Thomas Mayer
Cologne, Germany
  • Architects: Sauerbruch Hutton
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area :  880
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year :  2013
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers :  Gutmann, Vanceva

© Thomas Mayer© Thomas Mayer© Thomas Mayer© Thomas Mayer+ 14

Peter Zumthor's Kolumba Museum Uses Local Materials to Reframe Historic Experience

Peter Zumthor's quiet, technically pristine, and beautifully detailed work has long been an inspiration for architects. His Kolumba Museum, located in Cologne, Germany, a city that was almost completely destroyed in World War II, houses the Roman Catholic Archdiocese’s collection of art which spans more than a thousand years. Zumthor’s design delicately rises from the ruins of a late-Gothic church, respecting the site’s history and preserving its essence.

© Laurian Ghintiou© Laurian Ghintiou© Laurian Ghintiou© Laurian Ghintiou+ 21

Arthron / Manuel Herz Architects

© Julien Lanoo© Julien Lanoo© Julien Lanoo© Julien Lanoo+ 28

Cologne, Germany

Peter Zumthor's Kolumba Museum Through the Lens of Rasmus Hjortshøj

© Rasmus Hjortshøj
© Rasmus Hjortshøj

In this series of images, photographer Rasmus Hjortshøj has captured the Kolumba Museum by renowned architect Peter Zumthor in Cologne, Germany. The museum, constructed atop the ruins of a Gothic church destroyed during World War II, was a response to a competition that aimed to protect the remains of the Gothic work and create a space to house the art collection of the archbishopric of Cologne. In his winning design, Zumthor fused the existing ruins with modern architecture ideal for religious art in an elegant and minimalist way.

With his photographs, Rasmus Hjortshøj offers a tour of Zumthor's design, portraying the building within its urban context, while examining the architect's dedication to detail.

© Rasmus Hjortshøj© Rasmus Hjortshøj© Rasmus Hjortshøj© Rasmus Hjortshøj+ 29

Architectural Adventures: Along the Rhine River

Discover the beauty of the Rhine and enjoy as you cruise along this scenic ribbon of river through Germany, France and The Netherlands on an eight-day journey with Architectural Adventures.

The Singularity of the Skyscraper: Studies in Form and Façade

Florian W. Mueller's Singularity series is, in the photographer's own words, "just the building – reduced to the max." These deceptively simple shots of the summits of skyscrapers from around Europe and North America, each set against in infinite gradient of sky, are symbols of architecture's effort to reach ever higher in evermore unique ways. For Mueller, who is based in Cologne, they are an attempt at abstraction. In isolation—and especially when viewed together—they are remarkably revealing as studies of form and façade.

Cologne. Image © Florian W. MuellerHong Kong. Image © Florian W. MuellerHamburg. Image © Florian W. MuellerLondon. Image © Florian W. Mueller+ 21

Solera Supermarket / Masquespacio

© Luis Beltran © Luis Beltran © Luis Beltran © Luis Beltran + 17

Cologne, Germany
  • Interior Designers: Masquespacio
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area :  500
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers :  Montó, Lluesma, Onok Lighting
  • Professionals : Diseño Masquespacio

Neue Direktion Köln / kadawittfeldarchitektur

© Jens Kirchner© Jens Kirchner© Jens Kirchner© Jens Kirchner+ 15

New Laboratory Building for the Municipal Drainage Works / KSG Architekten

© Yohan Zerdoun © Yohan Zerdoun © Yohan Zerdoun © Yohan Zerdoun + 15

Staab Architekten Unveils Planning Designs for Cologne Historic Center

Staab Architekten has released its plans for the historic center of Cologne, which will include the research and administration buildings for the Römanisch-Germanisches Museum, the Kurienhaus der Hohen Domkirche (curia house of the high cathedral), and the Kölner Stadtmuseum (Cologne state museum). Through these buildings, the project will redefine the urban space around Cologne’s cathedral and generate a place where the city’s history can be “presented and explored from diverse perspectives.”

© Stab Architekten© Stab Architekten© Stab Architekten© Stab Architekten+ 5

Deutzer Hafen / Cobe

Danish firm COBE has been announced as the winner of a competition for the revitalization of Deutzer Hafen, the harbor district of Cologne, Germany. Unanimously selected over proposals from Lorenzen, Diener & Diener Architekten, Scheuvens + Wachten, and Trint + Kreuder dna, the winning design will transform the old industrial harbor into a vibrant, sustainable neighborhood through the addition of a new city landmark: a new public pool and huge waterfall at the end of the harbor.

The pool will be sustained through environmentally-friendly methods, utilizing collected rainwater and excess heat expelled from buildings to provide the public with an exciting new attraction.

© COBE and Beauty and the Bit© COBE and Beauty and the Bit© COBE and Beauty and the BitCourtesy of COBE+ 4

Gottfried Böhm: the Son, Grandson, Husband and Father of Architects

Concrete Love is a film about the Böhm family. Shot at their residence in Cologne, Germany, and on location at their projects—both completed and under construction—around the world, the film's Swiss director, Maurizius Staerkle-Drux, spent two years in close quarters recording scenes and conversations that offer a profound insight into the world of Pritzker Prize-winning architect Gottfried Böhm, the late Elisabeth Böhm, and their three sons.

Read on to be in with a chance of winning a copy of the film.

Neviges Church (exterior). Image © Lichtblickfilm Köln / 2:1 Film ZürichBensberg Childs Village. Image © Lichtblickfilm Köln / 2:1 Film ZürichKöln Melaten. Image © Lichtblickfilm Köln / 2:1 Film ZürichKöln Mosque (Paul Böhm). Image © Lichtblickfilm Köln / 2:1 Film Zürich+ 22

Max Planck Institute for the Biology of Ageing / Hammeskrause Architects

© Juergen Schmidt
© Juergen Schmidt

© Joern LehmannCourtesy of Hammeskrause Architects© Joern LehmannCourtesy of Hammeskrause Architects+ 11