"Landmark of Berlin": The Berlin Senate places the ICC under the protection of a monument – culture

The Berlin International Congress Center (ICC), which has been threatened with long-term demolition, is classified as a historical monument. The construction completed in 1979 was one of the most important postwar buildings in Germany, said Tuesday in Berlin the Senator of Culture, Klaus Lederer (left).

At the same time, he welcomed the decision of the Office of National Monuments. According to the plans of Ralf Schüler and Ursulina Schüler-Witte, the congress center "deserves a monument for artistic, historical and urban reasons," the newspaper says.

The building, which was operated by Messe Berlin on behalf of the state, was closed by the TÜV in 2014, partly because of its technical equipment. More recently, some parts of the ICC have served as housing for refugees. In the meantime, a demolition was also under discussion. A spokesman for Messe Berlin would not comment on the costs of a renovation. It's always a balance between economy and protection of monuments.

The ICC is considered an icon of so-called high-tech architecture in Germany. With its 320 meters long, 80 meters wide and 40 meters high, it has long been one of the largest congress centers in the world. It could accommodate up to 20,000 participants in 80 rooms.

Lederer stressed that "the ICC is a monument of Berlin, a unique urban sculpture and a monumental monument that characterizes Berlin as a city of the future". State Conservative Christoph Rauhut spoke of a stroke of luck, "that the ICC with its colors, its materials, its artwork and its equipment is still so completely preserved". With the position of under-protection, there is now legal certainty and planning for all concerned. "We will work for the ICC to be preserved as a total art work," said Rauhut.

Economic Senator Ramona Pop (Greens) pointed out that the Berlin Senate had agreed "that the reorganization of the ICC must be launched in order to be able to use the ICC again as a conference center and cultural center". (AP)

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