There’s a new kid on the block of Berlin’s buildings, a cutting edge addition to the popular area of Prenzlauer Berg – the Tchoban Foundation Museum for Architectural Drawing. The foundation is a joint venture between the architectural minds of Sergey Tchoban and Sergei Kuznetsova of Berlin and Moscow, aka SPEECH. They bought up a plot on the former Pfefferberg factory lot, home to a museum, gallery and artist studios already, and constructed this building dedicated to displaying the foundation’s collection, as well as visiting material from world-famous collections of architectural drawings.
The building has been designed with the neighbouring skyline in mind, with five distinct blocks, one storey each, stacked on one another with protruding corners to create the effect of stacked papers. The top portion is glass, hanging out over the edge of the lower floors and giving visitors a view of the surrounding neighbourhood. The remaining structure is concrete, but through its colour has the appearance of carved wood, with holes chipped out on the ground floor. The rest of the storeys remain largely solid, but their surfaces have been beautifully decorated with relief drawings which repeat on each level in an offset pattern. The inaugural exhibition has just begun; Piranesi’s Paestum: Master Drawings Uncovered is on display until 31st August.