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Stadtarchiv Köln

Cologne Germany

Building Uses
 - warehouse
 - government
Structural Types
 - lowrise
Architectural Style
 - modern
 - glass
 - brick
 - concrete

• Coordinates: 50°55'51''N, 06°57'26''E.

• Stadtarchiv Köln was one of the largest municipal collections of historical documents in Germany. It contained 65000 documents, the oldest from the year 922, 104000 plans and maps and 50000 placards. The whole length of shelves in the building was 26 kilometres.

• The new Stadtarchiv Köln, which was inaugaurated in 1971 was a model for other municipal archives in the world. The building was also opened for private persons for historical researches.

• It collapsed on March 3rd, 2009, after inclinating 11°, as the ground on which it stood sacked and formed a 28 metres deep crater. This may have occured as result of building a subway line under it. Fortunately nearly all people, which were in the building could leave it before the collapse. However 2 persons are still missed, from probably the houses nearby.

• In summer 2008 tears were already discovered in the basement.

• Actually another historical tower, John Baptist Church bell tower, nearby in same street, inclinated a while before for some reason, the subway line construction. But in this case, supports could leave it standing but inclinated. It is not known exactly the reason of that, maybe soil weakness or sand base.
See photos:
1- http://www.panoramio.com/photo/1756902
2- http://www.panoramio.com/photo/12106607

• For collapse, see:

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