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Tchoban foundation Museum for Architectural Drawing

SPEECH Tchoban & Kuznetsov

Tchoban foundation Museum for Architectural Drawing
By Caterina Testa -
Marazzi, Duravit have participated in the project

It’s difficult to imagine architecture without the drawings that accompany every phase of its completion. But although phases of the same creative process, architecture and its representation may also be seen as works of art unto themselves. Sketches, study outlines and diagrams are all necessary steps in the ideation process; drawings made on field trips or for theoretical research are the vehicles of intellectual development, while technical drawings are the instruments with which to share and communicate a project to those on the worksite. An architectural drawing is a multi-faceted thing: the means of communicating the details of a project but also an art form in itself and the means of representing thought or imaginary reality, as shown by Piranesi, De Chirico and Escher. Architects Tchoban and Kuznetsov of the Speech practice have founded and designed a museum in Berlin completely dedicated to architectural drawings: the Tchoban Foundation - Museum for Architectural Drawing.
Brainchild of architect Tchoban, a connoisseur and collector of architectural drawings, the museum houses his renowned collection and hosts temporary exhibits from leading cultural institutions around the world. The Foundation occupies a tight plot near one of Berlin’s most vibrant cultural centres, the Pfefferberg, a former brewery that after the fall of the Berlin Wall was turned into an upbeat area with many art galleries, artists’ studios, workshops, restaurants and clubs. The new volume triggers a new equilibrium with the nearby buildings from different periods making up the former industrial site.
Just like the drawings inside, the building itself offers many levels of interpretation. Starting with the composition: five volumes - four in cast-in-place concrete, the top unit a glass box - stacked up at staggered angles to create a series of cantilevers and small terraces on the upper floors. The outer surfaces of the different floors have been engraved...

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