International Congress Center (ICC), Berlin, Germany

September 12, 2015

The ICC Berlin is a landmark of former West Berlin. Its relevance has long been accepted by the scientific community in Germany. Important institutions (the Architectural Association of Berlin, the Bund Heimat und Umwelt in Deutschland, the Monument Council of Berlin, the Association of Conservationists in Germany) have argued publicly for the listing of the ICC.

Based on these regional and national activities ICOMOS expressed the international appreciation by adopting a resolution at the General Assembly of ICOMOS in Florence in November 2014. The basis of this resolution was a 17-page ICOMOS Heritage Alert prepared by ICOMOS Germany. It consists of a detailed description that, similar to a justification for listing, addresses all major aspects of the building and its monument value: From its historic value as testimony to the Cold War to the largely authentic state of conservation, the Heritage Alert characterises the building’s architectural-historical value and also names the organisations supporting the Alert. The resolution sums up the central points of the Alert.

By referring to earlier initiatives to save heritage of the 20th century, it emphasises the international relevance of the ICC. Furthermore, it calls for the listing of this building and its use as a cultural and conference centre. In a letter (to which the resolution is attached) sent to the Governing Mayor of Berlin in January 2015 the President of ICOMOS International offered “to support you in the safeguarding of this historic property of European significance”.


Kerstin Wittmann-Englert, ICOMOS Germany, ICOMOS ISC20C,email: