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Musée Unterlinden, Colmar, France

Chris Hodson

Remodelling and expansion of the Musée Unterlinden in Colmar, France – including two copper-roofed interventions and an underground gallery – deliver urban, architectural and museological solutions, as architects Herzog & de Meuron explain.

With our project, two building complexes facing each other across the Unterlinden square are now united by an underground gallery. To one side is the medieval convent consisting of a church, cloister, fountain and garden, and, on the other, the new ‘Ackerhof’ museum building mirrors the church’s volume which, together with the former municipal baths, constitutes a second, enclosed court.

Between the two complexes, the Unterlinden Square has recovered its historical significance, recalling the times when stables and farm buildings faced the convent – an ensemble known as ‘Ackerhof’. The Sinn canal, which flows under Colmar’s old town, is reopened and becomes the central element of this new public space. Close to the water, a small building marks the museum’s presence on the square: its positioning, mass and shape are those of a mill that once stood there. Two windows provide dramatic views down into the underground gallery.
The new Ackerhof and mill buildings use traditional materials. Irregular, hand-broken bricks enter into a dialogue with the convent facades of stone and plaster – redone many times over the centuries – and a few lancet windows are inserted. The steeply pitched roofs of both buildings are in crisply detailed copper giving a timeless quality. 

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Building

Owner: 
Musée Unterlinden
Completion date: 
2015
Country: 
France
Zip code: 
F-68000
City: 
Colmar
Street: 
Place Unterlinden
Location: 

Categories

Applications: 
Roofs
Type of building: 
Cultural
Copper used: 
Classic
Estate: 
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Architect

Name, office: 
Herzog & de Meuron

Copper contractors

Title: 
Schoenenberger SA

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