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Enter Russia's Tiny Mud-Clad Museum for Rural Labour

Standing tall in the expansive landscape of Western Russia, the monolithic Museum for Rural Labor is an architectural beacon for the Kaluga Oblast region. Built of local straw and clay, the eight meter tower is comprised of one round sunlit room adorned with the instruments of manual labor. Jarring, unexpected and mysterious, the museum was conceived by Russian architects Sergei Tchoban and Agniya Sterligova to pay homage to the region's deep agricultural history. Defined by a stark and unorthodox form, the tower disrupts the Russian landscape while simultaneously serving as a wayfinding device for residents from the nearby village of Zvizzhi.

Enter the rudimentary world of the Museum for Rural Labour after the break.

© Dmitry Chebanenko © Dmitry Chebanenko © Dmitry Chebanenko © Dmitry Chebanenko

Villa in Potsdam / nps tchoban voss

© Martin Tervoort © Martin Tervoort © Martin Tervoort © Martin Tervoort

Exhibition: Realtà e Fantasia. Cartoline dall’Italia

Realtà e Fantasia. Cartoline dall’Italia exhibition conveys a selection of Sergei Tchoban’s architectural drawings. The walls of of the gallery will be covered with 60 sketches – depicting landscapes and fantasies. As a part of the exhibition installation pictures shot in Tchoban’s Berlin atelier – nps tchoban voss –, document some of his completed architectural projects, will give a good idea about the artists visions not only as an architect, but also as someone whose passion is architectural drawing.

Benois House / nps tchoban voss

  • Architects: nps tchoban voss
  • Location: Sverdlovskaya naberezhnaya, 44, Saint Petersburg, Russia, 195197
  • Architect in Charge: Sergei Tchoban
  • Design Team: Igor Markov, Eugen Pfeil
  • Area: 30400.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2008
  • Photographs: Roland Halbe, Courtesy of nps tchoban voss, Christian Gahl, Aleksey Naroditsky

Courtesy of nps tchoban voss © Christian Gahl © Christian Gahl © Christian Gahl

Bank Sankt Petersburg / nps tchoban voss

  • Architects: nps tchoban voss
  • Location: Saint Petersburg, Russia
  • Planning Collaboration: Evgeny Gerasimov, Evgeny Gerasimov & partners, St. Petersburg (Full construction project design services); Sergei Tchoban, nps tchoban voss Berlin (Building construction, interior lobbies); SPEECH Tchoban & Kuznetsov Moscow (Interior offices)
  • Design Team nps: Eugen Pfeil, Christoph Heimermann, Natalia Mantler, Pavel Zemskov, Igor Markov, Silvia Grischkat
  • Design Team Speech: Sennikova Ekaterina, Dionisjeva Maria
  • Area: 40000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Aleksey Naroditsky

© Aleksey Naroditsky © Aleksey Naroditsky © Aleksey Naroditsky © Aleksey Naroditsky