The Congress Hall - Haus der Kulture der Welt (House of World Culture)
John Foster Dulles Allee - B
erlin, Germany

Hugh Stubbins
Date Built
Completed 1957
John Foster Dulles Allee
The House of World Cultures says that its mission is to be,  " ... a place for international contemporary arts and a forum for current developments and discourse ... it presents artistic productions from around the world, with a special focus on non-European cultures and societies. Visual arts, music, literature, performing arts, film, academic discussions and digital media are all linked in an interdisciplinary programme that is unique in Europe." This building on the northern edge of the Tiergarten was designed by Hugh Stubbins, an American architect who went on to design a number of high profile buildings, including the Citigroup Centre in New York and the Yokohama Landmark Tower in Japan.  Apparently Stubbins felt that the wing-like roof, "upheld the promise that there would be no restrictions on the freedom of intellectual work."

The building took a year to construct.  The Haus of Kulture website says that, "On 19 September 1957, after the building had been completed, the US government gave the Congress Hall to the City of Berlin as a present."

In 1980 the roof of the Congress Hall collapsed trapping a journalist.  A program of reconstruction and renovation followed and in 1987 the hall reopened.  At that time a large Henry Moore sculpture called "Large Divided Oval - Butterfly" was added to the site.  It was Moore's last creation.

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