We had the pleasure to interview Sergei Tchoban, member of the Urban Advisory board of the City of Moscow and leading partner of the Berlin office NPS Tchoban Voss, designers of projects such as the Nhow Hotel, and of the Moscow office SPEECH. The Russian architect is also an artist and owner of a vast collection of architectural drawings.
Tchoban attended the Imperial Academy of Arts, and his fine arts background is very present in his drawings and his collection. During the interview with ArchDaily, Tchoban highlights the importance of drawing as the official language of architecture, as well as collecting and displaying it.
With Tchoban's large archive of architectural drawings—from Russian futurists to contemporary figures such as Zaha Hadid and Oscar Niemeyer—he founded (and designed with SPEECH) the Museum of Architectural Drawing in Berlin. Late last month Tchoban opened his latest exhibition Bridges & Spires, a reflection of past and future presented in over 60 large format drawings and watercolors of existing and imaginary structures and ruins, as well as futuristic fantasies of context and gravity defying urban pasts and futures.