Images courtesy of SPEECH, by Patricia Parinejad.
In its 1970s heyday, interest in architectural drawing revolved around the twin poles of conceptually critical grids and the ruination of Piranesi. While the first category resulted in plenty of buildings—some of the work of the New York Five comes to mind—the impact of the latter was seldom direct. The new Museum for Architectural Drawing in Berlin picks up the slack, both with its form and with its first exhibition, “Piranesi’s Paestum: Master Drawings Uncovered,” drawn from the collection of the Sir John Soane Museum in London.
Situated on the site of a former factory in Prenzlauer Berg, the museum, by SPEECH Tchoban and Kuznetsov, is composed of stacked volumes forming a man-made cliff on the edge of an open space. The architects take this fake ruination further by what appear to be either formwork lines or quarrying marks; a closer look reveals they are drawings carved into the façade.
The Museum will house rotating exhibitions from the Tchoban Foundation’s collection, collaborating with other museums to bring a wider appreciation of architectural drawing to Berlin and beyond. More photos after the jump!