Haus der Kulturen der Welt

sights / Architecture

Haus der Kulturen der Welt information

Berlin , Germany
Address
Street John-Foster-Dulles-Allee 10
Telephone
+49 397 870
Getting there
bus 100
subway Bundestag
More information
www.hkw.de
Prices
admission varies
Opening hours
exhibits 11am-7pm Wed-Mon
Something wrong?
Submit a correction

Lonely Planet review

The highly respected House of World Cultures is a centre for international cultural exchange. It showcases contemporary non-European art, music, dance, literature, films and theatre and also serves as a discussion forum on Zeitgeist-reflecting issues. The extravagant building, designed by Hugh Stubbins as the American contribution to the 1957 architectural exhibition, is topped by a gravity-defying parabolic roof.

The curvaceous reflecting pool features Henry Moore's sculpture called Large Divided Oval: Butterfly , whose shape echoes the building's. Computerised chime concerts ring out at noon and 6pm daily from the nearby 68-bell carillon and live concerts take place Sundays at 3pm from May to September (also at 2pm in December).The building is 750m due west of the Reichstag via Scheidemannstrasse and John-Foster-Dulles-Allee.