Od-ICC 2007

ICC Berlin - Empfang
Before I moved to Berlin I came here a few times to job at trade fairs. So my first impression of Berlin was the Kubrick-style ICC that amazed me over and over again. It is colossal, it is spacy, it is futuristic and it is full of asbestos.
An extensive and expensive refurbishment is necessary and of course various parties are fighting grimly about what to do: renovation or demolition of one of the biggest convention centers of the world? About a year ago the demolition was very likely, in the meantime the exhibition corporation favoured to build a new center in place of the Deutschlandhalle and alternative utilizations of the ICC premises were diskussed, now many politicians of the SPD, GrĂ¼ne and CDU agitate for the preservation of the ICC building and it was announced that the senate will decide about it by the end of April the latest. The decision is long overdue, the to and fro over its future became like an odysee in space for the starshiplike center.

I hope they will not destroy it: it is such a distinctive architectural monument of the 70s and of western Berlin. Furthermore I don’t like the idea that so many important buildings of the postwar era are destroyed or at least are on the blacklist, while countless Nazi-buildings are restored and cared for. I am not pleading for their destruction either, i think it is necessary to keep some of them too, but please not as sole representatives of the 20th century. And when all of today’s archictectural highlights like our new mainstation are collapsing when some wind is blowing against them, what will be left of the modern Berlin for our grandchildren?

Photo by Christian von Werner

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4 Comments so far

  1. max mey (unregistered) on February 13th, 2007 @ 5:07 pm

    i think that even the homepage of the ICC is so unbelievable “seventies”…
    in fact, the building opened after 4 years of construction in 1979, what means, it has exactly my age. and i have to say to myself: for fucks sake, i can’t really tell who is in better shape today…

  2. William Thirteen (unregistered) on February 14th, 2007 @ 12:39 am

    is it possible to enter the ICC anymore?

  3. Julia (unregistered) on February 14th, 2007 @ 1:52 pm

    it is still in use for conventions etc.

    well, at least the homepage is not black with green letters ;)

  4. Julia (unregistered) on February 16th, 2007 @ 8:06 pm

    i just came across an advertisment for the “Global Chinese New Year Celebrations” in Berlin which will be held at the ICC… i am sure that will be a quite surreal setting ;)

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