Gallery, archive, and studio in one by NORD architects
German architecture studio NORD completed a multi-functional gallery in Berlin Mitte. The Drawing Hub, besides operating as an exhibition space, also hosts an artists studio and an archive specialised in preserving drawings as well. Located in the centre of the German capital, the most prominent feature of the venue are the large glass windows that make the Hub completely exposed to passersby. Which can be a blessing, as it invites people in and connects art with the street, however, there are still functions that need to be hidden, or events or works that require some sort of privacy. To ensure that, folding timber panels were set up that can be opened or closed depending on the actual use of the space.
Dividing according to functions is present in other ways as well: the gallery, studio, and archive areas are separated and can be accessed through independent entrances, the gallery featuring hinged timber panels that allow access to the office and storage spaces at the back. Wood was also utilised widely throughout the space: furniture, storage racks, and frames were made from European maple, and finished off with pigmented oil, to achieve a brighter effect. This matches the off-white paint of the walls, ensuring a neutral background to the artworks on display.
Photos: Christoph Rokitta
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