The former Congress Hall has been declared as a gift to the friends of America to the then West Berlin Building Exhibition. The American architect Hugh A. Stubbins Jr., an assistant to Walter Gropius at Harvard University, had designed it. Located in the Tiergarten, on the south bank of the Spree, was a revolutionary building, which also represented a major artistic roll. Due to rust on the steel struts collapsed the roof in 1980 . Seven years later, in time for the 750-year celebration of the city, the Congress Hall was reopened as a "House of World Cultures." Since then the hall is used as a convention- and exhibition centre.
In summer, an landing place invites you on a boat trip on the river Spree. In the water basin in front of the hall stands the sculpture "Two Forms' by Henry Moore. From the 42-meter high Carillon next to it a chimes is played daily at 12 noon and at 6pm. Address:
10557 Berlin www.hkw.de
Opening times: Tues - Sun from 10am - 9pm
Platz der Republik
Haus der Kulturen der Welt