A Contemporary Interpretation: kult by Pool Leber Architekten
Client: Kreis Borken, Stadt Vreden
Architect: Pool Leber Architekten
Location: Kirchplatz 14, 48691 Vreden (DE)
From the city, kult is accessed via an adjacent square to the north. Here the building opens up its fully glazed ground floor to visitors, leading them directly to the foyer: the heart of the museum. All flows and paths develop around and from this central area. The concept of the museum rests on a programmatic division into two. One part represents the ecclesiastical, historic side; the other is devoted to the worldly, modern side of life. Not only the architecture is devoted to this duality, but the exhibition as well. While the worldly museum area is found on the first upper floor, the second upper storey is dedicated exclusively to ecclesiastical topics. The content is communicated by means of the exhibits; it is underscored by targeted views and axes of vision. At times, the building opens onto the river and city. In other spots, the nave of the monastery takes centre stage. Apart from the exhibition areas, kult also offers spaces for events, city marketing, a shop and a café with a terrace.
The interior design features a convincing, if contrary, approach. In contrast to historical relics, modern materials have been chosen here. The surfaces, to a large extent, are exposed concrete; the texture of the rough-sawn planking gives the concrete an interesting look. Occasional white ceilings and walls complement the sleek design, which pops with bright-yellow accents. These subtly lead visitors through the building, all the while remaining discreetly in the background. Openings, atria and galleries transmit the cumulative impression of the exterior view to the inside, enabling amazing angles of view right through the complex.