Who knew a stack of off-kilter boxes could be so elegant? In this case, we aren’t talking about the New Museum, but the Tchoban Foundation, which will open a new museum of its very own this June in Berlin.
Designed by SPEECH, architects Sergei Tchoban and Sergei Kuznetsov have given the foundation a handome place to hang drawings. But both the architects and the building have drawings of their own. The building has drawings covering its concrete exterior; repetitive fragments of architectural sketches are etched into the cement at each level. And while the architects were finishing construction drawings of the project, they also completed at least one Piranesi-like sketch of the museum. It’s appropriate considering that the first program on display in the building will be devoted to Piranesi: Piranesi’s Paestum: Master Drawings Uncovered. After it leaves Berlin, the drawings will head to New York, where they won’t be on display at the New Museum, but rather the Morgan Library.