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Out of Space: ICC Convention Center Berlin

A gloomy day in February, in the middle of the long grey winter of Berlin? Perfect conditions to visit the ICC Convention Center and do some visual research.

The building by architects Ralf Schüler and Ursulina Schüler-Witte was opened 1979 and is a distinct example of Postmodern architecture in West-Berlin.

The Internationales Congress Centrum Berlin is located in the Westend, enclosed by multiple highly frequented tracks of the City-Autobahn: built in a time when everything was supposed to be reached by car anyways. The convention center is one of the largest of its kind. The colossus is often compared to a sci-fi spaceship ready for take-off. In its retro-futuristic appearance and its massive dimensions of 320 meters – which is way beyond any scale compared to its surrounding city context – it still is perplexing and stunning even today.