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Distance from hotel: 3.6 km

House of World Cultures (called the pregnant oyster)

The former Congress Hall, now the home of the House of World Cultures, is considered to be one of Berlin’s most interesting buildings. It was constructed in 1957 and is now a listed building. Its nickname by locals is "the pregnant oyster".

Its extraordinary architecture makes the Congress Hall a new type of building. Its symbolic function as a manifesto for the freedom of thought and expression is reflected in the architecture. The most outstanding features of the building, which was designed by American architect Hugh Stubbins, are its spacious and very open room-design and its remarkable curved roof. Stubbins himself always felt that he had created a „roof containing a great promise”, and that no limitations should be placed on the activities carried out beneath it.

John-Foster-Dulles-Allee 10, 10557 Berlin
Telephone +49-30-397 87-0

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