Architectural sketches and motifs are etched across the concrete walls of the Museum for Architectural Drawing in Berlin by Russian architecture collective SPEECH.
The museum's architect and owner is Sergei Tchoban of the Russian practice SPEECH, who has built extensively in both Russia and Germany since co-founding his own practice in the 1990s.
Located in Berlin’s Prenzlauer Berg art district in the site of the former Pfefferberg Factory Complex, the new museum is placed against a shared fire-wall with a four-story historical residential structure, suggesting the unique proportions of the narrow vertical structure. Five apparent blocks cast in concrete are stacked upon one another and slightly offset, etched with architectural motifs that are intended to emphasize the building’s function and represent the layering of media used in drawing. The top section is made of glass and is slightly cantilevered over the square, offering views of the historic area. Special attention was paid to the subtle details throughout the design, reflecting the exhaustive labor put into the waning art of architectural drawing – a subject dear to the authors of the work.