13. March 2022
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Every city has its own built fabric, which becomes interesting when incongruous elements are combined. The existing fabric is juxtaposed with the new in surprising ways that ultimately aim to become part of the whole.
Location: Cologne Mühlheim
Client: Cultopia Foundation
Project status: In planning
Project start: 2021
Planned completion: End of 2024
Function: Residential building with cultural centre and gallery
GFA: 2,000 m²
“Casa Colonia” is a unique housing project in Cologne. Cologne-based foundation Cultopia is the client and builder of Case Colonia, where a residential building with 30 affordable apartments has been planned. Here, people seeking accommodation will cohabit with students and artists. There will be a publicly accessible cultural centre with a Kolpinghaus training kitchen on the first floor as well as an integrated café. Casa Colonia is intended to blend in architecturally with the surrounding neighbourhood and at the same time express a distinctive character.
The concept of the Casa Colonia is characterized by diverse connections of art and architecture. The first floor will feature art exhibitions, the façade will be decorated with murals by Cologne artists, and sculptures will be exhibited in the landscaped courtyard. In addition to apartments, there will be residential studios for artists, where works of art will be created. Thus, the residents of Casa Colonia will live in art and become part of art themselves.