Rhineland Regional Museum
Architektengruppe Stuttgart 2003
The new building by Architektengruppe
Stuttgart for Bonn's Rhineland Regional Museum is an appealing and rational
variation on the 'glass box' theme. The building now makes up half of the
museum, replacing the original building and smoothly joining onto a 1909
extension to the north.
From the outside front (south)
facade, the dominant impression is of a warm, rich, timber box, pierced by
large 'openings' with their timber cutouts set at a slight angle, all
wrapped in a larger, glass box.
The oblique timber cut-outs let
modest, exhibit-friendly amounts of light from slit windows into the
matching timber exhibition spaces within, while making the outside of the
facade appear much more opening and welcoming than the limited windows
might otherwise have suggested.
The 4m gap between the glass and
wood skins is sufficient to house both a cafe and two originally exterior
exhibits - a Roman arcade and a Gothic cross - that need protection from
the weather but benefit from looking outside.
Simon Glynn 2004 (updated 2007)
How to visit
The museum is five minutes' walk
from Bonn central train station. Leave the station from the south entrance,
onto Quantiusstrasse, and turn right (the museum is already signposted at
this point). Cross over the first crossing, bearing left into Colmantstrasse;
the museum is shortly on your right.
The museum is closed on Mondays
(hence the lack of interior pictures on this page). To check opening times
and other visitor information, you can visit the museum's German-language
web site, call +49 228 2070 0 or email email@example.com.
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