Haus der Kulturen der Welt Berlin / DE


In 1957, the Berlin Conference Hall was built as the contribution from the USA to the Interbau international construction exhibition. The American architect Hugh Stubbins designed a striking building with an unusual curved roof: Stubbins planned a suspended roof stretched between two reinforced-concrete arches which was to rise above the 90 by 90 metre single-floored building and be attached to the ground at only two base points. By order of the German authorities, however, it was built with a complicated auxiliary construction. Not without consequences: in 1980, the roof collapsed and one person died and several were hurt. After the rebuilding, when Stubbins’s basic idea was realised, the building was given a new use and a new name: the House of World Cultures – renovated and converted by the architectural office GAP Gesellschaft für Architektur und Projektmanagement in 2007 – today serves as a centre for international, contemporary art.

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Product: Linoleum
Segment: Culture
Country/City: Germany / Berlin
Client: Kulturveranstalter des Bundes in Berlin gmbH (KBB), D
Architect: Hugh A. Stubbins 1957, Wiedereröffnung 1989; Sanierung: Thomas Winkelbauer, GAP Gesellschaft für Architektur und Projektmanagement
Address: John-Foster-Dulles-Allee 10, Berlin, Deutschland
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