21 Sep Field trip: Modern Architecture in Berlin
Departure from Hotel Estrel: 1:00 pm – return to Hotel Estrel: 5:00/5:30 pm
Are you interested in architecture and in modern urban design? This bus tour will show you the architectural highlights of Berlin and its challenges after reunification as regards urban development – a city growing together after decades of separation. As a result of reunification, a huge building boom started in Berlin. In the middle of the now reunited city, there were vast areas of fallow land, a result of the destruction during the war and, later, of the building of the wall. In an attempt to perform a balancing act between a historic, yet critical reconstruction, and building new and modern facilities for the now 3.5 million inhabitants, (star) architects and urban planners changed Berlin’s face within a few years.
During the tour, your guide will show you Potsdamer Platz, an entire quarter built from scratch after 1995, the Government Quarter with the “Band of the Federation”, a building complex which links the East and West sides of the city, the fascinating new main station made of glass and steel and the Jewish museum (a spectacular design by Daniel Libeskind). See unique buildings in the City West such as Hotel Waldorf Astoria, heritage-listed Bikini Berlin complex and Kranzler Eck, and marvel at the townhouses around Hausvogteiplatz. At the construction site of the Humboldt-Forum, have a look at the rebuilding of the old baroque facades of the City Palace, yet another unique architectural project in Berlin!
This tour includes a walk around Potsdamer Platz and a visit of the breathtaking roof terrace Panoramapunkt – access with the fastest elevator in Europe! (tour includes admission ticket to Panoramapunkt)
About the field trips: All ICA 2018 delegates are invited to join the field trips on Tuesday and Thursday afternoon after the congress program. In total, six different tours covering themes for both new and frequent visitors are available. Each tour will last about four hours and is free of charge for delegates. The number of participants is limited. It is advisable to book your preferred tour well in advance.