with Ursula Müller, curator of the architecture collection
During the Cold War, remarkable large buildings were erected in West Berlin as new locations for science, research and culture. Neglected for years and now technically obsolete, most of these buildings are now threatened with demolition.
These include the International Congress Center (ICC, 1973-1979) in Charlottenburg and the former Institute for Hygiene and Microbiology (1969-1974) as well as the former Central Animal Laboratories of the Free University of Berlin (“Mice Bunker”, 1971-1981) in Lichterfelde.
With their futuristic spatial forms, complex functions and innovative facade designs, they stood for the belief in progress of the time and at the same time were intended to keep the sealed off half of the city internationally competitive.
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