Museum for Architectural Drawing, Berlin

The external design of the building makes reference to its used: The façade reminds the onlooker of parchment and the arrangement of the storeys of stacked drawers in which drawings are stored.


The drawing ability of the architect is becoming increasingly less significant in the age of digital design processes. Architecture and the art of drawing are nevertheless still closely linked with each other – outstanding architects are often also good draughters. In a collection, unique in Germany, sketches from the genre of architectural representation are exhibited in a Berlin museum. The curator of the collection has made it his task to make architectural drawings accessible to the public as a form of art. The architects SPEECH Tchoban & Kuznetsov based in Moscow designed the exhibition building. The client and museum benefactor is the architect and draughtsman Sergei Tchoban who lives in Moscow and in Berlin.

With each change in location the observer sees a new image of the building – the storeys appear like stacked rectangular blocks, some of which push beyond the façade plane and are rotated about their axis. The building is a solid, reinforced concrete and masonry structure, made of coloured concrete.


The yellowish-grey colour refers to parchment as a substrate for drawings. Reliefs clearly distinguish the individual levels of the block building from each other. The impressions in the external façade are intended as reminiscent of the drawings. The top floor is formed as a glazed set-back storey and has a roof terrace. The building is intended to evoke the association of drawers, in which the architectural drawings are stored.


The well thought-through design continues into the inside of the museum. Optimum conditions for the sensitive exhibits are created by special illumination, the lack of daylight and perfected building services. The high-quality, unobtrusive fitout of the interiors underlines the sophisticated architecture. White HEWI accessories combined with chrome elements were used in the sanitary rooms. Much attention to high-quality design was also paid in the accessibility WC. The hinged support rails, for example, are chrome and thus fit completely into the ambience.


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