In Berlin-Prenzlauer Berg are new buildings tend to be rare. Three-quarters of the houses were built before the Second world war, most of them are in the green currently. Between all of the historicist decoration of modern buildings. The least but not as positive as a corner house at the entrance to the courtyard of the former Pfefferberg brewery.

Slightly twisted rectangular Parallelepiped made of a light stone and reflective glass are stacked on the narrow plot of land on top of each other. In the sand stone facade is a Relief is scratched, the game is only just starting to realise on closer Inspection, as a drawing of a building.

The Museum building is not only the case for a private collection of architectural drawings, but also his greatest exhibit. Sergei Tchoban, Russian architect with offices in Berlin and Moscow, has built the Museum for architectural drawing for his Foundation. It has celebrated the fifth birthday.

The Museum as “architecture parlante”

Tchoban is proud of the design: “For me it is not in the architecture is very important, that a building falls silent when you step in closer and the Details of looks, it can be seen from the distance.” In the Depot of the Museum, he told that it is to talk about the content, “with the artists, who embody for me the soul of the architectural drawing”. His Foundation is not only a satisfying Tchobans passion for collecting, it also brings with loans from international museums to Berlin.

Sergei Tchoban has residential and commercial buildings built, some of the Hotels, Behrens’ Berolina-Haus, Alexanderplatz renovated in a high-rise building in Moscow Federazija complex planned. Not all of the projects you can see that he is a talented architectural draughtsman, of the issues in the world. “You have to distinguish between drawings that are a piece of art, and such are a document of the design process,” he says with his typical pragmatism.

“Designing is an exciting job, but one should not exaggerate.” As an architect, he could not do without – in contrast to some colleagues – on the Draw with the Hand: “Thinking is Drawing. I can abstractly think about things, pondering, but only if I take up a pen and some paper orders, I notice how thoughts continue, how to develop ideas further and creating New ideas.“

The term “architecture” drawing is anyway misleading, explains Eva-Maria bark hofen, Director of the architecture archive of the Berlin Academy of the arts. She also sits on the Board of Trustees of the Tchoban Foundation and advises on the structure of the collection. There are design drawings of the architects, the track, of course, not necessarily an art claims. There are artistic sketches created during the design, by architects, but also subsequently have been made. There are images that have drawn artists of real architectures, and fictional architectural fantasies, one of which is the “Capricci” and “Carceri” of Piranesi, are probably the most well-known.

in the Museum for architecture drawings, and such, which can also exist without that of which famous author they come, as art. It has the Museum, an artist facade done, the Tchoban in the study inspired at the art Academy in St. Petersburg and around the year 2000 to Collect animated, the Italian set designer Pietro Gonzaga (1751 to 1831), worked for La Scala in Milan and later at the court of the Tsar came.

“As I thought about how I wanted to decorate the skin of the building, I immediately came to Gonzaga in the sense. His fluid Ink lines and the blurred watercolor painting are for me a symbol of architectural drawing.“ The underlying sheet he had bought “for little money” the auction house Bassenge. Today Tchoban’s drawings are offered, he followed the major auctions, but also has a consultant in London, buys for him.

“At Gonzaga, I knew you would, because you have to collect more in depth as in width.” Now Tchoban five has ten leaves. “Then, the drawings of the artist’s family Bibiena had to be added, the Work of Brenna and Quarenghi. Of course, active in Russia architect Thomon and Montferrand. Thus, the first major Bush was born” – so Tchoban is called the expanding focus of his interest – “from the collection. Later, the French signatories of the 18 came. and 19. Century. Constructivists of the early 20th century. Century. Russian architecture of the 1930s.“

In Berlin, a Museum of architecture

missing out of the bushes, no opacity is urgent thicket, he has learned that you have to be able to resist as a collector. “Some time ago, two drawings of the Paths to the Church of St. Peter and Paul in the modernist quarter of bids were offered to me in Rome. The were wonderful gouaches. I didn’t do it.“

Tchoban don’t want a loner in his collection. A new topic such as “architecture from the Transition of futurism into fascism”, he would have a dozen suitable Working buy. “This Bush is properly framed, would have been a lot of concentration required.”

In Berlin there is no Museum of architecture. The berlinische Galerie has a good regional collection. The National museums ignore the architecture. To the building Academy is back – and with which order is built, it will take years. In the Pfefferberg complex, the architecture gallery Aedes resides after all.

So Tchoban filled with his without public funding-funded lighthouse in Prenzlauer Berg is a real gap. “I wanted to occur as a collector, seriously and museums, which have never been exhibited in Berlin, here is a platform to create.” The London-based Sir John Soane’s Museum with the estate of the famous English architect, was our guest three times. The Albertina in Vienna has exhibited in Berlin for the first time, your architectural drawings. Now, the Technical University, and drawings by Hans Poelzig.

And while the two curators of the program of the Museum to develop, he and Sergei Tchoban maintains the bushes in his garden. He was not a real collector, if not also the desire for a large specimen plant came up. “If money was no object, then I would wish me a Venice Vedute of Canaletto. But that is out of reach.“ Also, of course, of the concept.