Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin Building the House of World Cultures The building constructed for the House of World Cultures was the United States’ contribution to the INTERBAU 1957 building exhibition in Berlin. The U.S. was one of 22 countries that participated in this international building endeavor, which helped new buildings spring up in the totally destroyed Hansa Quarter of the city. The design of the building was by architect Hugh Stubbins, who first began tackling the project in 1955. It was Stubbins’ desire to produce a venue that would be host to cultural events and congresses. Stubbins hoped that the curved roof on the Haus Der Kulturen Der Welt would resemble wings and symbolize the promise that there would be “no restrictions on the freedom of intellectual work.” Residents, however, have likened the curved roof to the body of a “pregnant oyster”, which in German has earned the building the nickname "Schwangere Auster." Unfortunately, the signature curved roof collapsed in 1980 but was rebuilt, retaining its original shape but with extra supports to ensure that the collapse would not reoccur. What’s There? Currently, the House of World Cultures is home to temporary exhibitions on global cultures and non-European avant-garde art. Presentation of films, theatre and dance performances, lectures, concerts and congresses are also held on the stages and halls inside this vast building. A number of individuals who are at the forefront of non-European political and cultural scenes have been guests at the venue.turkeyarena.com The Berlin Tourist Authority estimates that about 350,000 visitors per year head to Haus Der Kulturen Der Welt to enjoy the unique multi-cultural offerings. The attraction is also home to an excellent gift shop that sells a large number of “world” items, including books, CDs, DVDs, and much more.