Museum for Architectural Drawing, Germany (03/04/2017)

Sergei Tchoban - Published in 2A Magazine, Edition 38 / Winter 2017

Museum for Architectural Drawing 

Construction of a new Museum, Berlin


Location: Christinenstraße 18a, 10119 Berlin, Germany

Client: Tchoban Foundation - Museum for Architectural Drawing, Berlin

Gross floor area: 498 sqm Completion: 2013

Authors: Sergei Tchoban, Sergey Kuznetsov

Architectural offices: SPEECH, nps tchoban voss

Project partner and project leader nps tchoban voss: Philipp Bauer, Ulrike Graefenhain

Art conservation consultant: Eva-Maria Barkhofen

Team nps tchoban voss: Nadja Fedorova, Katja Fuks, Dirk Kollendt

Landscaping: atelier 8 landschaftsarchitekten

Structural engineering: PPW Dipl.-Ing. D. Paulisch

Building equipment: Planungsbüro Thye

Lighting design: Kardorff Ingenieure

Façade: MBM Konstruktionen GmbH

Graphic design Façade: Heimann und Schwantes

Façade consultant (design stage): Priedemann Fassadenberatung GmbH

Exposed concrete: BSS Beton- System-Schalungsbau GmbH

Interior work: Lindner AG

Carpentry: Tischlerei Hollenbach

Fittings: Wilking Metallbau GmbH

Photographer: Patricia Parinejad (1), Roland Halbe (2-7)



This four-story building represents a stack of solid cuboids with a glass penthouse on top. Solid jutties loom at different angles from each of the four floors below, spraying the building’s basic geometrics. By means of pictorial concrete moulds showing large scale architectural representations the lightly died exposed concrete alludes to the role and content of the building. On the ground floor and along the height of the staircase the massive concrete body is perforated by small cathedral-glass windows in special shapes that derive from the drawing fragments.

Access is located on the front and the rear of the building differentiating the access for the public and for management and service. On the building front two spacious openings on the ground and on the second floor have been formed as entrance niche and a glazed loggia. Interior functions have been clearly organized along with the vertical partition: reception and ticketing on the ground floor, exhibition cabinets on the first two upper floors, archives on the third and office and conference space on the fourth floor including two roof terraces offering splendid views onto the Pfefferberg premises in the East and the square of Teutoburger Platz in the West.

Although complying with the highest conservational conditions for artworks, the construction reveals an inviting appearance piquing the curiosity of passers-by and adding distinctively to the surroundings of protected industrial monuments, historical apartment houses, quiet streets, courtyards and the landscaped square in front.

Preview of „Piranesi’s Paestum – Master Drawings Uncovered“, 2013

Opening of „American Perspectives: From Classic to Contemporary“, 2015

Fragment of „Alexander Brodsky – Works“, 2015

Opening of „Architecture in Cultural Strife.
Russian and Soviet Architecture in Drawings. 1900–1953“, 2014

Opening of „Lebbeus Woods. On-Line“, 2014

View over the city from the rooftop terrace

Sergei Tchoban, former mayor of Berlin Klaus Wowereit, former senator for urban development Hans Stimmann, 2013

Mayor of Berlin Michael Müller, Sergei Tchoban, museums director Nadja Bartels, 2015

Inauguration of the Museum for Architectural Drawing, 2013

Opening speech of curator Dr. Christian Benedik, „Architectural Master Drawings from the Albertina“, 2016