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 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

© Ute Zscharnt

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

Fellows Pavilion – American Academy Berlin / Barkow Leibinger

© Stefan Müller

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

Haus-Rucker-Co: Architectural Utopia Reloaded

Haus-Rucker-Co, Ballon für Zwei, Apollogasse, Wien, 1967. Image © Haus-Rucker-Co, Gerald Zugmann

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 .

HAWE Factory Kaufbeuren / Barkow Leibinger

© David Franck

Architects: Barkow Leibinger
Location: Bavaria,
Architects In Charge: Frank Barkow, Regine Leibinger
Area: 50039.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: David Franck, Ina Reinecke

Kleine Rittergasse 11 / Franken Architekten

© Eibe Sînnecken

Architects: Franken Architekten
Location: Kleine Rittergasse 11, 60594 Frankfurt am Main,
Design Team: Bernhard Franken, Frank Brammer, Robin Heather, Natascha Baier, Kai Heyd, Felix Schneider, Isabel Strelow
Area: 600.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Eibe Sînnecken, Oliver Tamagnini, Axel Stephan

Hambach Castle Entrance Building / Max Dudler

© Stefan Mueller

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

Innocean Headquarters Europe / Ippolito Fleitz Group

© Robert Hoernig

Architects: Ippolito Fleitz Group
Location: Frankfurt,
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
Year: 2013
Photographs: Robert Hoernig

Suppakids / ROK

© Daniel Stauch Photography

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

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

© Yohan Zerdoun

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

New Building Drehmo Wenden / wurm + wurm

© Ester Havlova, Walter Fogel

Architects: wurm + wurm
Location: Wenden,
Area: 5370.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: 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.”

Probat / monovolume architecture + design

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

Chipperfield On London’s “Success-Based Culture”

Neues Museum, Berlin (courtesy Staatliche Museen zu Berlin). Image © Achim Kleuker

Speaking to The Guardian, 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 has sunk into ”a success-based culture.”

[In Berlin] there is still an idea of the public realm. We have given that up in London. We have declared the public realm dead; the question is how to get stuff out of the private sector. We are unbelievably sophisticated at that.

Reconstruction Multifunctional Building in Jena / wurm + wurm

© Ester Havlová

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

Sparrenburg Visitor Centre / Max Dudler

© Stefan Müller

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

Dressage Arena Extension / Kadawittfeldarchitektur

© Andreas Horsky

Architects: Kadawittfeldarchitektur
Location: , Germany
Area: 1655.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Andreas Horsky

Energeticon Alsdorf / Heinrich Böll Architekt + Atelier Brückner

© Thomas Mayer

Architects: Heinrich Böll Architekt
Location: ,
Exhibition Design: Atelier Brückner
Year: 2014
Photographs: Thomas Mayer