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Sergei Tchoban: “We Cannot Avoid Looking At Architecture; Architecture Should Be Beautiful”

10:30 - 29 December, 2016
Sergei Tchoban: “We Cannot Avoid Looking At Architecture; Architecture Should Be Beautiful”, Music- & Lifestyle Hotel nhow, 2010, Berlin. Image © Thomas Spier
Music- & Lifestyle Hotel nhow, 2010, Berlin. Image © Thomas Spier

After receiving his education at the Repin Institute for Painting, Sculpture and Architecture in St. Petersburg, Sergei Tchoban moved to Germany at the age of 30. He now runs parallel practices in both Berlin and Moscow, after becoming managing partner of nps tchoban voss in 2003 and co-founding SPEECH with Sergey Kuznetsov in 2006. In 2009, the Tchoban Foundation was formed in Berlin to celebrate the lost art of drawing through exhibitions and publications. The Foundation’s Museum for Architectural Drawing was built in Berlin in 2013 to Tchoban’s design. In this latest interview for his “City of Ideas” series, Vladimir Belogolovsky spoke to Tchoban during their recent meeting in Paris about architectural identities, inspirations, the architect’s fanatical passion for drawing, and such intangibles as beauty.

Villa in Wasiljewo, 2009, near Saint Petersburg. Image © Aleksey Naroditsky Museum for Architectural Drawing, 2013, Berlin. Image © Roland Halbe Actor Galaxy, 2015, Sotchi. Image © Aleksey Naroditsky Expo Pavilion Milan, 2015, Milan. Image © Aleksey Naroditsky + 45

Sergei Tchoban on the Importance of Drawing and Details in Architecture

00:00 - 20 January, 2015

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.”

Benois House / Tchoban Voss Architekten

00:00 - 11 June, 2014
Benois House / Tchoban Voss Architekten, ©  Roland Halbe
© Roland Halbe

Courtesy of nps tchoban voss © Christian Gahl © Christian Gahl © Christian Gahl + 10

Bank Sankt Petersburg / Tchoban Voss Architekten

00:00 - 4 June, 2014
Bank Sankt Petersburg / Tchoban Voss Architekten, © Aleksey Naroditsky
© Aleksey Naroditsky

© Aleksey Naroditsky © Aleksey Naroditsky © Aleksey Naroditsky © Aleksey Naroditsky + 30

  • Architects

  • Location

    Saint Petersburg, Russia
  • Category

  • 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 m2
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

Seasons Ensemble / Tchoban Voss Architekten

00:00 - 29 May, 2014
Seasons Ensemble / Tchoban Voss Architekten, © Aleksey Naroditsky
© Aleksey Naroditsky

© Aleksey Naroditsky © Aleksey Naroditsky © Aleksey Naroditsky © Aleksey Naroditsky + 31

  • Architects

  • Location

    Saint Petersburg, Russia
  • Category

  • Architect in Charge

    Sergei Tchoban, Architekt BDA
  • Project Leader

    Frederik-Sebastian Scholz (Leto), Pavel Zemskov (Osen, Zima), Valeria Kashirina (art direction façades)
  • Design Team

    Silvia Grischkat, Rene Hoch, Eugen Pfeil
  • Area

    20320.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

The 10 Tallest Buildings Under Construction in Europe

00:00 - 7 May, 2014
The 10 Tallest Buildings Under Construction in Europe, Metropol Tower, Istanbul. Image © Metropol Istanbul
Metropol Tower, Istanbul. Image © Metropol Istanbul

A study conducted by Emporis, the international provider of building data, has revealed that Moscow is set to retain its title as the skyscraper capital of Europe. Already home to 4 of Europe's top 5 - including the Mercury City Tower, Europe's current tallest at 338m - Moscow is also home to 6 of the 10 tallest European Buildings under construction. Three of these buildings will also surpass the height of the Mercury City Tower.

However, despite having the greatest concentration of supertall buildings, Moscow is set to lose its crown for the tallest building in Europe to St Petersburg, with the 463m Lakhta Center due for completion in 2018. Also making the top 10 list with 3 buildings being constructed over 250m is Istanbul. You can see the full top 10 list after the break.

Skyland Towers, Istanbul. Image © Eroglu ST Towers, Moscow. Image © SPEECH architectural office Eurasia Tower, Moscow. Image © Swanke Hayden Connell Metropol Tower, Istanbul. Image © Metropol Istanbul + 9