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Sergei Tchoban on the Importance of Drawing and Details in Architecture

Berlin Art Link recently sat down with Russian-born, German architect Sergei Tchoban. In the interview above, he discusses his career, including working on the design for the Vostok Tower, Europe’s tallest skyscraper, and the recent opening of the Tchoban Foundation Museum for Architectural Drawing. This building houses his extensive personal works, as well as exhibitions by other artists.  “What is very important for me is the quality of all details, so you create a building from outline, from the silhouette, to the door lever. This building brings out a lot of our and my personal ideas about architecture and about details in architecture,” Tchoban said regarding his design for the Museum for Architectural Drawing. The exterior of the building expresses Tchoban’s devotion to draftsmanship-- the facade of the building is etched with a graphic pattern based on sketches from artists Angelo Toseli and Pietro di Gottardo Gonzaga. “I’m very active in drawings, as a draftsman myself.  Drawing is a result of our thinking process and our thinking process is not only a thinking process with the head, with the mind, but also the process where you think with the whole body.” 

Coop Housing at River Spreefeld / Carpaneto Architekten + Fatkoehl Architekten + BARarchitekten

  • Architects: Carpaneto Architekten, Fatkoehl Architekten, BARarchitekten
  • Location: Berlin, Germany
  • Collaborators: Die Zusammenarbeiter, Christian Schöning, Angelika Drescher
  • Area: 7400.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Ute Zscharnt, Daka, Michael Matuschka, Andreas Trogisch, Eric Tschernow, Johannes Dumpe

© Daka © Ute Zscharnt © Andreas Trogisch © Andreas Trogisch

"Narratives of History, Climate, Culture and Place" Abound in David Adjaye Retrospective

Starting January 29th, Munich's Haus der Kunst will host "Form, Heft, Material," a major retrospective of the work of British architect David Adjaye. Co-curated by Okwui Enwezor and Zoe Ryan, the exhibition's broad catalogue reflects Adjaye's diverse career and portfolio, including architectural projects alongside material experiments, research, and furniture design. Through sketches, models, prints, drawings, 1:1 building fragments, film, and text, "Form, Heft, Material" foregrounds Adjaye's work against the rich geographical and social context that frames his design approach.

Fellows Pavilion - American Academy Berlin / Barkow Leibinger

  • Architects: Barkow Leibinger
  • Location: Berlin, Germany
  • Project Architect: Tobias Wenz
  • Area: 85.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Stefan Müller, Simon Menges

© Stefan Müller © Stefan Müller © Simon Menges © Stefan Müller

Haus-Rucker-Co: Architectural Utopia Reloaded

When fears regarding environmental pollution and potential catastrophe were at a high in the 1970s, Haus-Rucker-Co set out to develop a “new concept of architecture.” Based in Vienna, the group was known for their interactive exhibitions and their development of utopian architectural ideas, which showed how people could affect their own environment. Now, their work between 1967 and 1977 is the theme of “Architectural Utopia Reloaded,” the latest exhibition on display at the Haus am Waldsee in Berlin.

HAWE Factory Kaufbeuren / Barkow Leibinger

© David Franck © David Franck © David Franck © David Franck

Meet the Film Industry's Most Successful Architect in Deutsche Kinemathek's Latest Exhibition

Although his name may not appear in most architectural history books, Sir Kenneth Hugo Adam has influenced architecture for over fifty years. Better known as Ken Adam, he has been responsible for the production design of over 70 films in his career, most notably for his work on the James Bond franchise. The architect of Fort Knox in Goldfinger, the Zero Gravity Satellite in Moonraker, and Super-Tanker Liparus in The Spy Who Loved Me, Adam has shaped architectural design in film since the 1940s.

Adam is the recipient of two British Film Academy Awards, including one for Dr. Strangelove, and in 2003 became the first film production designer to receive a knighthood. He has been at the helm of some of the world's most well-known and influential films – from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang to Crimes of the Heart – and his drawings are now on display for the first time. In 2012, Sir Adam donated his entire body of work to the Deutsche Kinemathek in his home city of Berlin, where the first retrospective of his work is now on display, entitled 'Bigger Than Life: Ken Adam's Film Design.' 

Find out more about Adam's vast body of work after the break

Design of "Zero Gravity" for Moonraker, GB/F 1979, Directed by Lewis Gilbert. Image© Sir Ken Adam, Deutsche Kinemathek – Ken Adam Archive Design of "Launch Complex" for Moonraker, GB/F 1979, Directed by Lewis Gilbert. Image © Sir Ken Adam, Deutsche Kinemathek – Ken Adam Archive Design of "Super-Tanker Liparus and Submarines" for The Spy Who Loved Me, GB/USA 1977, Directed by Lewis Gilbert. Image © Sir Ken Adam, Deutsche Kinemathek – Ken Adam Archive Design of "Maxine Grey Conference Room" for Company Business, USA/D 1991, Directed by Nicholas Meyer. Image © Sir Ken Adam, Deutsche Kinemathek – Ken Adam Archive

Hambach Castle Entrance Building / Max Dudler

  • Architects: Max Dudler
  • Location: 67434 Neustadt, Germany
  • Design Team: Kilian Teckemeier, Thomas Back, Patrick Gründel
  • Project Managers: Simone Boldrin, Julia Lapsin
  • Area: 452.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Stefan Mueller

© Stefan Mueller © Stefan Mueller © Stefan Mueller © Stefan Mueller

Innocean Headquarters Europe / Ippolito Fleitz Group

  • Architects: Ippolito Fleitz Group
  • Location: Frankfurt, Germany
  • Design Team: Andrew Bardzik, Anke Stern
, David Schwarz
, Frank Peisert, Sebastian Tiedemann, Yuliya Lytyuk, Gunter Fleitz, Peter Ippolito, Daniela Schröder, Tim Lessmann
  • Area: 2800.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Robert Hoernig

© Robert Hoernig © Robert Hoernig © Robert Hoernig © Robert Hoernig

Suppakids / ROK

  • Architects: ROK
  • Location: Paulinenstraße 44, 70178 Stuttgart, Germany
  • Area: 60.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Daniel Stauch Photography

© Daniel Stauch Photography © Daniel Stauch Photography © Daniel Stauch Photography © Daniel Stauch Photography

Massively out of Focus – the Melaten Car Park / KSG Architekten

  • Architects: KSG Architekten
  • Location: RWTH Aachen University, Templergraben 55, 52062 Aachen, Germany
  • Area: 21000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Yohan Zerdoun, Jörg Hempel

© Yohan Zerdoun © Jörg Hempel © Yohan Zerdoun © Jörg Hempel

New building Drehmo Wenden / wurm + wurm

  • Architects: wurm + wurm
  • Location: Wenden, Germany
  • Area: 5370.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Ester Havlova, Walter Fogel

© Ester Havlova, Walter Fogel © Ester Havlova, Walter Fogel © Ester Havlova, Walter Fogel © Ester Havlova, Walter Fogel

Adidas Selects COBE to Design "Rhombus-Shaped" Flagship Building in Germany

Danish architects COBE have won an international competition to design the Adidas Group’s “Meet & Eat” flagship building at their “World of Sports” headquarters in Herzogenaurach. The 11,000-square-meter “rhombus-shaped” structure is envisioned as a “distinctive landmark” that will provide the campus with a “flexible and user-friendly” public conference center, employee restaurant and showroom. 

“The adidas brand has always been known for technique and functionality, and we have designed a building that reflects and encapsulates these values,” says Dan Stubbergaard, Founder and Creative Director at COBE. “Adidas Meet & Eat will house many functions, both internal and public, and therefore we have created a design that above all is multifunctional and flexible. A design that allows for the building to change and adjust to the different social contexts that the building will house.”

© COBE © COBE © COBE © COBE

Probat / monovolume architecture + design

  • Architects: monovolume architecture + design
  • Location: Ingolstadt, Germany
  • Design Team: Luca di Censo, Sergio Aguado Hernàndez
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Courtesy of monovolume architecture + design

Courtesy of monovolume architecture + design Courtesy of monovolume architecture + design Courtesy of monovolume architecture + design Courtesy of monovolume architecture + design

Reconstruction Multifunctional Building in Jena / wurm + wurm

  • Architects: wurm + wurm
  • Location: Jena, Germany
  • Support Structure Planning: wurm + wurm architekten ingenieure GmbH, Bühl
  • Area: 3400.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Ester Havlová, Courtesy of wurm + wurm

© Ester Havlová © Ester Havlová © Ester Havlová © Ester Havlová

Chipperfield On London's "Success-Based Culture"

Speaking to The Guardian, David Chipperfield has stated that he regards the hold of private investment over new architecture in London as an "absolutely terrible" means of building a city. He argues that Berlin - where he spends considerable amounts of time and runs a large office - "is a much more reflective society than ours" because the UK has sunk into "a success-based culture."

Sparrenburg Visitor Centre / Max Dudler

  • Architects: Max Dudler
  • Location: Bielefeld, Germany
  • Project Manager: Simone Boldrin
  • Area: 135.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Stefan Müller

© Stefan Müller © Stefan Müller © Stefan Müller © Stefan Müller