Video Interview // Sergei Tchoban

Architect and founder of Mitte’s Museum for Architectural Drawing Sergei Tchoban sat down with Berlin Art Link to talk about some of his iconic completed works in Berlin and abroad, and the importance of detail and process exploration to his architectural oeuvre.

The Tchoban Foundation Museum for Architectural Drawing was opened in 2013 in the Pfefferberg complex, where it stands in dialogue with the former industrial buildings now housing Olafur Eliasson‘s studio and the Architekturforum Aedes. Crucial to Sergei Tchoban’s practice is the integration of new architectural elements amidst historical buildings. Over the years, he has become adept at tailoring his new facades to communicate with their older neighbours.

The museum – made to reflect its contents, with architectural sketches etched into the facade – houses Tchoban’s impressive collection of drawings and also plays host to collections from other major institutions worldwide. Down to the doorknobs, the Tchoban Foundation is a feat of detailed consideration. We spoke with him about the significance of draftsmanship in architectural practice today.


Additional Information:

“VKhUTEMAS – A Russian Laboratory of Modernity. Architecture designs 1920 – 1930”
Exhibition: Dec. 05, 2014 – Apr. 06, 2015
Guest Speaker: Sergei Tchoban
Thursday, Dec. 04; 7pm
Niederkirchnerstraße 7 (click here for map)

“Lʼhôtel particulier à Paris”
18.10.2014 – 15.2.2015
Exhibition: Oct. 18, 2014 – Feb. 15, 2015
Christinenstraße 18 (click here for map)

A few drawings from the collection of the Tchoban foundation can be viewed at the Bigger Than Life. Ken Adam`s Film Design exhibition in the Deutsche Kinemathek, Berlin:

“Bigger Than Life. Ken Adam’s Film Design”
Exhibition: Dec. 05, 2014 – May 17, 2015
Potsdamer Straße 2 (click here for map)


Interview by Berlin Art Link in Berlin; Wednesday, Dec. 03, 2014

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