Tchoban Foundation - Museum für Architekturzeichnung

Tchoban Foundation - Museum für Architekturzeichnung Museum for Architectural Drawing
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Die Ende 2009 ins Leben gerufene Tchoban Foundation hat zum Ziel, das Interesse an der zeichnerischen Architekturdarstellung zu beleben und junge Talente auf diesem Gebiet zu fördern. Im Museum für Architekturzeichnung hat nicht nur die international bekannte Sammlung der Tchoban Foundation ihre Heimat gefunden, hier werden auch Sammlungen weltweit führender Kulturinstitutionen der Öffentlichkeit

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At the end of 2009, the Tchoban Foundation was founded with the aim of keeping the interest in architectural representation through drawing alive and to support young talent in this field. The Museum for Architectural Drawing provides a home for the internationally renowned Tchoban Foundation collection as well as for temporary exhibits from leading cultural institutions around the world.

As a special pre-Christmas treat from us, we have another stunning drawing by Aalto for you.The Aalto Music Theatre is c...
20/12/2023

As a special pre-Christmas treat from us, we have another stunning drawing by Aalto for you.
The Aalto Music Theatre is considered one of the finest opera houses in the German-speaking world. It is an architectural landmark in Essen and best known for its white-clad façade with the gentle curves. The building was constructed in 16 completely separate individual components to ensure acoustic efficiency.

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Due to the holiday festivities, our museum will be closed on 24 and 25 December!

Opera and Music Theatre Essen, 1959; 1961–1988
Pencil on tracing paper
104,6 × 89 cm
Alvar Aalto Foundation

© Alvar Aalto Foundation

15/12/2023

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In 1964, Alvar Aalto and his studio participated in a competition for a major office block in Hamburg. Rather that desig...
06/12/2023

In 1964, Alvar Aalto and his studio participated in a competition for a major office block in Hamburg. Rather that designing a stack of identical copies of the same massive floor on top of one another, the
studio decided to divide the floor into five square compartments and connect them at their corners in a loose checkerboard plan. This design concept allowed the possibility for light to enter each square tower from all sides. Unfortunately, the studio’s idea remained only on a drawing board and never got to chance to be realised.

British Petroleum building Hamburg, 1964
Pencil on tracing paper
30x74,5, cm
Alvar Aalto Foundation

© Alvar Aalto Foundation

Aalto's architecture was hailed as "a humane monumentality that corrects the angular approach of Mies van der Rohe" in p...
01/12/2023

Aalto's architecture was hailed as "a humane monumentality that corrects the angular approach of Mies van der Rohe" in post-war German publications. Aalto dealt extensively with the question of how to use technology in modern architecture to serve human comfort, without allowing comfort to prevail. In some exploratory sketches, he explores this approach almost playfully using a rhetorical figure of the “little man” (pikku ihminen) introduced by him. As can also be seen in this sketch, the “little man” is surrounded by the manmade environment. He is, so to speak, at its mercy. Aalto's use of the rhetorical figure is an expression of his concern for the comfort of the individual in modern design.

Alvar Aalto and Studio
Cultural Centre Wolfsburg, 1958-1962
Pencil on tracing paper
30 × 51, 5cm
Alvar Aalto Foundation

© Alvar Aalto Foundation

One of the drawings shown in our showcases is the design for a Cultural centre in Leverkusen. The design Aalto submitted...
28/11/2023

One of the drawings shown in our showcases is the design for a Cultural centre in Leverkusen. The design Aalto submitted for the competition bears witness to his artistic vigour. As can be seen in this drawing, the idea was to situate a music centre, museum, library, multipurpose hall, cinema, restaurant, educational institutes for youth and adults, theatres and auditoriums all in one place. However, what ultimately cost Aalto the victory was a 15-metre tall wall, that was meant as a connection between the buildings. Eventually, the jury awarded first prize to the German architect Ulrich S. von Altenstadt.

Alvar Aalto and Studio
Cultural Centre Leverkusen, 1960
Pencil on tracing paper
30 × 237, 5cm
Alvar Aalto Foundation

© Alvar Aalto Foundation

Like Aalto's designs, we wanted to make our exhibition truly special. To achieve this, our exhibition rooms have been eq...
24/11/2023

Like Aalto's designs, we wanted to make our exhibition truly special. To achieve this, our exhibition rooms have been equipped with two new items, both designed by Anna Andrich Studio in Cooperation with Sofia Singler, the curator of the Show.
New showcases have been introduced to illustrate the working process of Aalto Studio. These showcases are intended to demonstrate the collaborative nature of the studio. On display are elongated drawing heets on which each member of the studio sketched their ideas. This created a framework of visions. Curved lamps were installed to illuminate the showcases. The shape is inspired by Alvar's surname "Aalto", which is the Finnish word for "wave".

Stay tuned to find what’s “hidden” in our showcases…
Image: © Nadja Fedorova

On a day like this, Elissa Aalto was born in 1922 in Kemi, Finland. Recent research underlines the significant role Elis...
22/11/2023

On a day like this, Elissa Aalto was born in 1922 in Kemi, Finland. Recent research underlines the significant role Elissa played especially with regards to the German projects of the Aalto studio. She became a partner at the age of 36, in 1958 and was running the company after Alvar Aalto passed away in 1976. She was responsible for the design of the Opera Theatre in Essen and she was also the one who insured that the drawings of Alvar Aalto and the office would be kept in one place in Juväskula in the collection of who organized an exhibition last year marking a 100th anniversary of the architect.

Image: © Alvar Aalto Foundation

It is sad to hear Rob Krier (1938 – 2023) passed away. He was a passionate draughtsman, sculptor and architect and we ar...
21/11/2023

It is sad to hear Rob Krier (1938 – 2023) passed away. He was a passionate draughtsman, sculptor and architect and we are very proud to have his drawings in our collection and to have exhibited some of his works at our museum as well. It has always been very inspiring to talk with Rob Krier and to see him draw and work all the time – he even kept working at the hospital where he was recovering after his hip surgery and sending out his drawings via fax. He was also looking for perfection in everything he did, either drawings, sculptures or the perfect place for his work in an exhibition.
As an architect in Berlin he is especially known for his projects for IBA in Rauchstrasse and Ritterstraße.
Today we would like to share with you his drawings for the project of the Europe Embankment in Saint Petersburg from 2010, made in sepia on paper

RIP

In the summer of 1957, the international building exhibition “Interbau” took place in Berlin’s Hansaviertel. The Expo, h...
17/11/2023

In the summer of 1957, the international building exhibition “Interbau” took place in Berlin’s Hansaviertel. The Expo, held in response to West Berlin's housing shortage, provided a platform for the discussion about the reconstruction of the war-damaged cities in West Germany. The redesign of the Hansaviertel in the style of post-war modernism began in 1956 and involved 53 architects from 13 countries. One of the participating architects was Alvar Aalto.
The Alvar-Aalto-Haus is the only project realised by the studio in Berlin. The eight-story building houses a total of 78 apartments, one of which Aalto even originally furnished himself. In an attempt to open up the apartments, large patios connected to several rooms, and windows were installed on all walls.

Alvar Aalto and Studio
Apartment block Berlin, 1954–1957
Pencil and coloured pencil on tracing paper
60,2 × 109,7 cm
Alvar Aalto Foundation

© Alvar Aalto Foundation

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Probably one of the least known projects of the Aalto Studio is the design for a bank in Frankfurt am Main. Not much is ...
14/11/2023

Probably one of the least known projects of the Aalto Studio is the design for a bank in Frankfurt am Main. Not much is known about the design today and only a few drawings remain. The proposal was was co-authored with a studio member, the Danish architect Jean-Jacques Baruël. Drawings like this show that the building was to be inserted into a narrow space between existing office buildings. It remains unclear why the project was not implemented in the end.


Alvar Aalto and Studio
Bank, Frankfurt am Main, ca. 1973
Pencil on copy paper
58,5 × 68,5 cm
Alvar Aalto Foundation

© Alvar Aalto Foundation

This year marks the 850th anniversary of the start of the construction of the Tower of Pisa. For this occasion, the Muse...
10/11/2023

This year marks the 850th anniversary of the start of the construction of the Tower of Pisa. For this occasion, the Museo della Grafica Palazzo Lanfranchi in Pisa is showing “TOWERS”, an exhibition of drawings by the architect and our founder . In his work as an architect and in his drawings, Sergei Tchoban steaditly explores the typology of vertical architecture. “TOWERS” is a study of the theme of towers, between history, present and future.
Image: Sergei Tchoban

In the course of his career, Alvar Aalto and his team took part in a large number of competitions. Some entries were suc...
07/11/2023

In the course of his career, Alvar Aalto and his team took part in a large number of competitions. Some entries were successful, others less so. Castrop-Rauxel belongs to the latter.
In 1965, the city of Castrop-Rauxel held a competition for a new city-centre, where municipal administration, cultural and sports facilities were to be brought together. As can be seen in the drawing, Aalto’s approach was to divide the long plot into two parts. The cultural centre and the town hall as representative instances of a city on the one side, a less official space for daily life, equipped with housing, a health centre and a sports complex on the other. As typical for Aalto, the symbolic buildings are distinguished by their sharp, irregular volumes, while the bureaucratic structures are characterised by their rectangular strips that calmly frame the site.
Alongside Aalto, other internationally renowned architects such as Egon Eiermann also took part in the competition. In the end the choice fell the design of the Danes Arne Jacobsen and Otto Weitling.


Alvar Aalto and Studio
City centre Castrop-Rauxel, 1965
Pencil and Indian ink on tracing paper
90,5 × 115,5 cm
Alvar Aalto Foundation

© Alvar Aalto Foundation

In recent years we have had a large number of different exhibitions, all of which have brought something unique to our r...
03/11/2023

In recent years we have had a large number of different exhibitions, all of which have brought something unique to our rooms. Especially in the last two years, such as with Aldo Rossi or Akira, our walls have been filled with colourful drawings.
In Aalto's German drawings, colours are only expressed in nuances. It’s primarily used as a medium of clarification. For example, in this drawing the green indicates a grassed area besides the building and the red shows the contour lines for the district.

Alvar Aalto and Studio
Opra and Music Theatre, Essen, 1959; 1961–1988
Pencil and colouring pencil on tracing paper
53 × 68 cm
Alvar Aalto Foundation

© Alvar Aalto Foundation

We wish you all a spooooky Halloween!
31/10/2023

We wish you all a spooooky Halloween!

The Aalto-Wohnblock (apartment block) was the first grand building in Bremen constructed by a foreign architect. With it...
27/10/2023

The Aalto-Wohnblock (apartment block) was the first grand building in Bremen constructed by a foreign architect. With its simple yet bold silhouette, the building is one of the most iconic projects of the Aalto studio. As indicated in the drawing, the 22 storeys are stacked in a fan-shaped arrangement. For Aalto, it was particularly important in the design process to find a compromise between the characteristics of a high-rise building and maximum living quality for the residents. In order to achieve this, the individual flats were structured in such a way that they open out onto a loggia on three sides. Neighbouring flats could not be seen from this loggia. This arrangement has the effect of almost creating the illusion of a single-family home.

Alvar Aalto and Studio
Apartment block Bremen, 1958–1962
Pencil on tracing paper
90,5 × 152,5 cm
Alvar Aalto Foundation

© Alvar Aalto Foundation

Are you interested to learn more about the , our building or our exhibitions? Maybe you always wanted to look behind the...
24/10/2023

Are you interested to learn more about the , our building or our exhibitions? Maybe you always wanted to look behind the curtain and get some insider view into our museum? Well, why not take the opportunity and book a guided tour!
Interested? You can find out more on our website (link in bio)

Image: © Nadja Fedorova

This drawing shows another design for the Aalto Theatre in Essen. As mentioned before, the building was first opened aft...
20/10/2023

This drawing shows another design for the Aalto Theatre in Essen. As mentioned before, the building was first opened after Aalto’s death in 1988. The project was ultimately completed by Elissa Aalto and the Aalto studio. Elissa’s aesthetic sense, energy and lucidity were particularly an enrichment for the studio's commissions in Germany. In the theatre in Essen, Elissa’s character is revealed through the clearness of the interiors and the décor.

Alvar Aalto and Studio
Opra and Music Theatre, Essen, 1959; 1961–1988
Pencil on tracing paper
65,2 × 133 cm
Alvar Aalto Foundation

© Alvar Aalto Foundation

They say that behind every great man is a great woman. Alvar Aalto had two, one of whom was Elissa Aalto.After graduatin...
17/10/2023

They say that behind every great man is a great woman. Alvar Aalto had two, one of whom was Elissa Aalto.
After graduating as an architect in Helsinki in 1949, Elsa-Kaisa Mäkiniemi started working in Alvar Aalto's architectural office. Her contribution played an essential role in many projects and her artistic style was especially important for the commissions in Germany. Following her marriage to Alvar, Elsa-Kaisa Mäkiniemi changed her name to Elissa Aalto. In 1958, Elissa became a partner of the studio. After Aalto's death in 1976, Elissa ran the office as sole director up until her own death in 1994. It is thanks to her that numerous projects were carried out and that the Aalto Studio's collection of drawings, including the copyrights, became the property of the Alvar Aalto Foundation.

Image: Elissa Aalto
© Alvar Aalto Foundation

Even though the name "Aalto" is nowadays deeply connected with its bearer Alvar, it is not just a simple surname of a si...
14/10/2023

Even though the name "Aalto" is nowadays deeply connected with its bearer Alvar, it is not just a simple surname of a single person. "Aalto" refers to a collaboration of creative minds. It’s the surname of the three leading designers Alvar, Aino and Elissa, as well as an umbrella term for the collective of designers who worked in the studio. Teamwork was a big part of the studio. In its nature, the name "Aalto" can be understood as a collaborative effort of minds and hands.

© Alvar Aalto Foundation


A second city in which Aalto’s work can be found is Essen. This drawing shows the design for a theatre hall in the city....
10/10/2023

A second city in which Aalto’s work can be found is Essen. This drawing shows the design for a theatre hall in the city. Designed by the Finnish architect and his studio, the Aalto Theatre is not only home to a theatre, but also to the Aalto Ballet Essen and the Essen Philharmonic Orchestra. Even though Aalto won the architectural competition for the new building in 1959, almost 30 years passed before the plans were actually realised. This was due to reoccuring discussions about the planned building, doubts about its feasibility and new realisation attempts. The theatre was opened in 1988, 12 years after Aalto’s death, thanks to his wife Elissa Aalto and his studio.

Alvar Aalto and Studio
Opra and Music Theatre, Essen, 1959; 1961–1988
Pencil and coloring pencils on tracing paper
106,2 × 90,2 cm
Alvar Aalto Foundation

© Alvar Aalto Foundation

As always, there is also a matching exhibition catalogue for this exhibition. Immerse yourself even deeper in Aalto’s de...
06/10/2023

As always, there is also a matching exhibition catalogue for this exhibition. Immerse yourself even deeper in Aalto’s designs and drawings with the essay written by the curator of the exhibition Sofia Singler.
The catalogue is available at the museum and in our online store (link in bio)
Image: Annika Paetsch

The design of the church and community centre for the Heilig-Geist-Gemeinde (Church of the Holy Spirit) was Aalto’s seco...
03/10/2023

The design of the church and community centre for the Heilig-Geist-Gemeinde (Church of the Holy Spirit) was Aalto’s second project in Wolfsburg. As can be seen in the drawing, Aalto designed an ensemble made up of several components. The project included a church, a bell tower, a community and staff centre and a later added preschool. Like the Alvar-Aalto-Kulturhaus, the design principle of the church and the community centre was similar. Noticeably, both building complexes feature a fan-shaped layout.

Alvar Aalto
Church and Community Centre, Wolfsburg, 1960–1962
Pencil and ink on tracing paper
76 × 96,3 cm
Alvar Aalto Foundation
© Alvar Aalto #

From the 1950s onwards, Alvar Aalto was actively shaping Germany’s architectural landscape. His creative work can be see...
30/09/2023

From the 1950s onwards, Alvar Aalto was actively shaping Germany’s architectural landscape. His creative work can be seen all over Germany. However, Wolfsburg particularly stands out. In no other German city did Aalto leave such a dense architectural legacy. With its three projects, Wolfsburg has a unique ensemble of works by the Finn. This drawing shows one of Alvar Aalto’s most ambitious commissions for the city. Today, commonly known as the Alvar-Aalto-Kulturhaus (Alvar-Aalto Cultural Centre), the building was meant to give the young Wolfsburg a lively centre. For this, three cultural institutions were placed under one roof: a library, an adult education college and a youth recreation centre. The drawing depicts Aalto’s vision and creative process for the project.

Alvar Aalto
Cultural Centre, Wolfsburg, 1958–1962
Pencil on tracing paper
30 × 114 cm
Alvar Aalto Foundation


© Alvar Aalto

Very sad news reached us today, that Zvi Hecker (1931-2023) passed away. He was one of the influential architects mainly...
25/09/2023

Very sad news reached us today, that Zvi Hecker (1931-2023) passed away. He was one of the influential architects mainly known for his deconstructivism designs and also for his striking drawings. We are very proud to have his works in our collection and it has always been a pleasure to welcome him as a panel participant at our opening events. Zvi has also been a charming and wonderful friend and will always remain in our loving memory.

Thank you to everyone who took the time to attend our opening night. It was certainly an exciting Friday evening. We wou...
25/09/2023

Thank you to everyone who took the time to attend our opening night. It was certainly an exciting Friday evening. We would also like to thank the for the opportunity to exhibit Alvar Aalto’s drawings and everybody making this show possible.

This show was curated by Dr Sofia Singler, University of Cambridge, Nadja Bartels, Director of Tchoban Foundation and Timo Riekko, chief curator of Alvar Aalto Foundation.
The exhibition design is by Anna Andrich, Anna Andrich Studio, the graphic design is by Annika Paetsch . The media partners of the exhibition are: WorldArchitects.com world architects and radioeins. The exhibition was kindly supported by Cambridge University and Thomas Betonbauteile and it is takes placeunder the patronage of Finnland-Institut

Image:
© Nadja Fedorova

We are happy to announce that our museum is finally open again. Feel free to visit us and our new exhibition: “Alvar Aal...
23/09/2023

We are happy to announce that our museum is finally open again. Feel free to visit us and our new exhibition: “Alvar Aalto in Germany: Drawing Modernism”, based on loans from Alvar Aalto Foundation Alvar Aalto -säätiöHopefully, you are as excited about the next few weeks as we are. The exhibition is now open and will be on display until 14th January 2024.

This show was curated by Dr Sofia Singler, University of Cambridge, Nadja Bartels, Director of Tchoban Foundation and Timo Riekko, chief curator of Alvar Aalto Foundation.
The exhibition design is by Anna Andrich, Anna Andrich Studio, the graphic design is by Annika Paetsch . The media partners of the exhibition are: WorldArchitects.com world architects and radioeins. The exhibition was kindly supported by Cambridge University and Thomas Betonbauteile and it takes place under the patronage of Finnland-Institut.

We hope to welcome you soon!

During the World War II, many large and small cities in Germany were partially or entirely destroyed. Following the post...
16/09/2023

During the World War II, many large and small cities in Germany were partially or entirely destroyed. Following the post-war years, Germany tried to catch up with international architectural developments. For this, attention was shifted to the USA, where emigrated architects such as Walter Gropius and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe had become the protagonists of international modernism. Likewise, people looked to Scandinavia, where a direction of modernism developed with a focus on human scale and simple solidity in architecture and design. To help the war-ravaged country with the reconstruction, world-renowned architects were invited. Alvar Aalto was one of them. After Aalto became one of Finland's leading architects in the 1930s, he also celebrated successes in other countries from the 1950s onwards. In Germany, Aalto took part in several competitions. Between 1959 and 1968, six buildings were built that are among the central works of his late creative phase. His work can be found in Berlin, Bremen, Essen and Wolfsburg.



Image: Köln, 24 April 1945, taken by an officer or employee of the U.S. Department of Defense.

Before we start our upcoming exhibition, we want to tell you more about the man behind the drawings!Hugo Alvar Henrik Aa...
12/09/2023

Before we start our upcoming exhibition, we want to tell you more about the man behind the drawings!
Hugo Alvar Henrik Aalto (Feb. 3, 1898 - May 11, 1976), commonly known as Alvar Aalto, was a Finnish architect, city planner and furniture designer. His work includes architecture, furniture, textiles and glassware. For many, Alvar Aalto is considered the founder of 20th century organic modernism in Finland. He took inspiration from the beautiful nature for his home country and integrated it into his works.
Starting from a young age, Aalto was passionate about drawing. After graduating from the Helsinki Institute of Technology with a degree in architecture in 1921, Aalto toured Europe and upon his return began practice in Jyväskylä, in central Finland. He built a career on his passionate attention to material details and their impact on the well-being for its users. With his works, Aalto shaped and transformed the Finnish architectural landscape.

Image: Alvar Aalto in 1960ies, author unknown

We are excited to announce our upcoming exhibiton: Alvar Aalto in Germany: Drawing Modernism.Starting on the 23rd Septem...
05/09/2023

We are excited to announce our upcoming exhibiton: Alvar Aalto in Germany: Drawing Modernism.
Starting on the 23rd September, you’re invited to immerse yourself into the world of modernism. The exhibiton will feature 70 original works by the Finnish architects Alvar Aalto, Elissa Aalto and their practice.
The exhibition features original drawings of the office’s fourteen projects in Germany, both realised and unrealised. The six realised projects comprise three dyads: one pair each of churches, apartment blocks, and cultural buildings. The eight unrealised plans, in turn, encompass major public programmes – town halls, civic centres, master plans and commercial office buildings. The exhibition is based on loans of Alvar Aalto Foundation Alvar Aalto -säätiö

This show was curated by Dr Sofia Singler, University of Cambridge, Nadja Bartels, Director of Tchoban Foundation and Timo Riekko, Chief curator of Alvar Aalto Foundation.
The exhibition design is by Anna Andrich, Anna Andrich Studio, the graphic design is by Annika Paetsch . The media partners of the exhibition are: WorldArchitects.com and radioeins. The exhibition was kindly supported by Cambridge University and Thomas Betonbauteile and it takes place under the patronage of Finnland-Institut

We hope to see you soon!

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We are still reminiscing about our anniversairy exhibition ArchiVision! We hoped you had a wonderful time. Here are some...
04/09/2023

We are still reminiscing about our anniversairy exhibition ArchiVision! We hoped you had a wonderful time. Here are some last expressions from our exhibitiom rooms…

Due to the remodelling and construction of our up-coming exhibiton, the museum will be closed till the 22nd September 2023.
Stay tuned to find out more about our next project!
© Michaela Schoepke , Nadja Fedorova

And as a final touch, a drawing of the discussion from our opening night at AEDES. Special thanks to Gerd Sedelies!Drawi...
03/09/2023

And as a final touch, a drawing of the discussion from our opening night at AEDES. Special thanks to Gerd Sedelies!
Drawing: Gerd Sedelies

Cartoons can be used to convey various messages and feelings. Mikkel Frost's so-called toons are produced only after the...
25/08/2023

Cartoons can be used to convey various messages and feelings. Mikkel Frost's so-called toons are produced only after the designs are completed in order to communicate and market them. Frost sees hand drawings as a type of visual language that is easily understood, open, and less conclusive. His messages are communicated with humour, few words, and simple expressions.


Mikkel Frost
Tovvaerksgrunden, student dormitory in Esbjerg, Denmark, 2014
Watercolour, pencil
29,7 × 21 cm
Signed and dated bottom right: M.F. 01 08 14
Tchoban Foundation Collection

© Mikkel Frost

ArchiVision does not only offer a glimpse into various architectural visions but also glance into ideas from different t...
15/08/2023

ArchiVision does not only offer a glimpse into various architectural visions but also glance into ideas from different time periods, like for example this Baroque drawing by Paul Decker.
As an architectural theorist and designer Paul Decker (1677-1713) published a series of grand Baroque designs called “Fürstlicher Baumeister” (The Prince’s Master Builder, also called Architectura Civilis), which had a considerable influence. These prints essentially contained Decker’s prescription for the perfect nobleman’s’ palace. He envisioned “Fürstlicher Baumeister” to set an example for what a modern-day palace should look like. Furthermore, these prints were meant to inspire other architects.
In this preparatory drawing from 1713, Decker laid out a Diana fountain amid a maze consisting of monumental hedges. From an elevated position, it allows us to look over the labyrinth into the depths of the open space.
Paul Decker
View of a garden with the fountain of Diana. Preparatory drawing for the publication Deß Fürstlichen Baumeisters Anhang zum Ersten Theil [Appendix to the Part I of the Princely Architect], plate 21: Loggia on the left hand side of the labyrinth, 1711-1713
Pen, grey and black wash
26,9 × 39,2 cm


© Tchoban Foundation

Jean-Louis Cohen passed away. This is one of the news one cannot believe, this is a huge loss for the world of architect...
08/08/2023

Jean-Louis Cohen passed away. This is one of the news one cannot believe, this is a huge loss for the world of architecture and architectural history. He was already teaching and researching as many of us started their carrier in the architectural world and he was one of the most renowned and influential scholars of architecture, especially modern architecture. Without any doubt almost everybody in the architectural world has got their very personal memory of Jean-Louis Cohen – chatting while lining up in one of the queues at the Biennale di Architettura in Venice, having a coffee or lunch in Berlin or Paris, working on exhibition projects together or having a talk at a podium. He was planning to come to the 10th anniversary of our museum on the 1st of June and speak at the podium, but had to change his plans due to a bereavement in the family. 2017 he curated our exhibition “Architecture de l’avant-garde russe” at Beaux-Arts de Paris with a beautiful publication.
This is what remains – his significant legacy of numerous publications, the accumulated knowledge of architecture and also warm memory of the people, who knew him and appreciated him. R.I.P.

What a lovely play of lights on our facade Image : © Leonie Nell Schumacher
01/08/2023

What a lovely play of lights on our facade

Image : © Leonie Nell Schumacher

Architectual vision are portrayable in many ways. For example, this drawing by the Austrian architect Manfred Ortner. He...
24/07/2023

Architectual vision are portrayable in many ways. For example, this drawing by the Austrian architect Manfred Ortner. Here the architect combined a drawing with photographs from an urban scene, blurring the line between reality and fiction.
In “Etna Lake”, city and nature resonate together. Manfred Ortner takes a hold of the volcanic crater from the stratovolcano on the east coast of Sicily named Etna and settles it insight a busy street area. As part of the Austrian artist and architect group Haus–Rucker–Co, Ortner conquered the international art scene. With their “provisional architecture" the group experimented with opening public urban space up, developing utopian ideas to expand one’s perception and communication.
Manfred Ortner
Etna Lake, 1974 (created in the artists’ and architects’ group Haus-Rucker-Co (1967–1992))
Collage, pencil, coloured pencil
29,7 × 21 cm
Tchoban Foundation Collection

© Manfred Otner, Haus-Rucker-Co

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