ICC - Internationales Congress Centrum Berlin seen from Westkreuz station
The ICC is Europe’s largest congress centre. It was designed by architects Ralf Schüler und Ursulina Schüler-Witte (who also designed the Bierpinsel
tower and the Schloßstraße U-bahn station
. The ICC spans a length of 320 metres, and is 80 metres wide by 40 metres high (8x4=32 nice proportions!). Here is a link to an axonometric drawing
of the building.
Although the ICC is a megastructure it is a small part of the whole Berlin Messe grounds (Messe is a trade fair location). The building is also separated from the rest of the Messe by a highways and other smaller but fast roads. Pedestrians have to move in and out of it using an enclosed bridge or a large underpass tunnel reminiscent of an U-Bahn station from the 70s.
I am posting this photograph because the ICC opened its doors to the ITB today, the ITB is the world largest trade fair/convention for the tourism industry. 300,000 people will visit it during the next 5 days, and all of the sudden Berlin feels a bit less provincial and truly cosmopolitan.