Russian firm SPEECH has seen its design for the Architectural Graphics Museum come to life in Berlin. Designed to exhibit the collections of the Sergei Tchoban Foundation alongside temporary displays from overseas institutions such as the Sir John Soane's Museum (London) and the Art School (Paris), the concrete and glass form rises through five storeys, each of which is offset from those above and below.
The new museum is situated in an up-and-coming cultural destination in the Prenzlauer Berg district with neighbours including the AEDES architecture gallery, a modern art gallery and artists’ workshops. Externally the Architectural Graphics Museum has a neutral-toned façade etched with sketches of building designs; a taste of the work displayed within.
The Sergei Tchoban Foundation was created in 2009 to celebrate the art of drafting in a world so dependent on technology. Committed draftsman Tchoban is a German architect of Russian descent and is one of two founders of SPEECH, the architects behind the Architectural Graphics Museum.
Four concrete volumes are topped with a crystalline glass block forming the fifth floor. This uppermost storey cantilevers over all of the lower volumes and incorporates a small open-air terrace which enjoys views over the surrounding cultural district.
The etched facades are interrupted by irregularly-shaped windows which look out over a shared open space. Large glass paintings have been positioned to highlight the main building entrance. A welcoming hall on the first floor is coupled with a library as all exhibition and archive spaces are located on the upper floors.