Project management

„Haus der Kulturen der Welt“


ProjectPartial repair and modernisation
Project locationBerlin
Services SMVProject management
ClientKulturveranstaltungen des Bundes in Berlin GmbH
ArchitectsGAP Gesellschaft für Architektur & Projektmanagement mbH
Construction costsEUR 8,8 million (grant amount)
Realisation period2005 - 2007
Contact person SMVThomas Lewicz
Project description

The “House of World Cultures” (former Congress Hall), located on the southern bank of the Spree River on the northern edge of the Tiergarten directly opposite the Federal Chancellery in Berlin, was built between 1956 and 1957 according to the design of Hugh Stubbins as part of the Interbau International Building Exhibition as a contribution from the United States of America and has since been registered as a historical monument. Today, the task of the house is to show non-European cultures and especially their contemporary art in public discourse in comparison to European cultures. The house is open all year round. The building includes a large auditorium, an exhibition hall, a theatre hall and conference rooms.

In May 1980 the roof construction collapsed in part. Between 1982 and 1987, the areas affected by the collapse were rebuilt. The rest of the building and especially the technical installations have not been thoroughly renovated or modernised since the building was constructed almost 50 years ago. The rehabilitation costs were estimated at around EUR 20 million. However, the Federal Government provided only EUR 8.8 million for the repair and modernisation measures within the framework of a grant measure.

Project goals

The fundamental aim of the partial repair and modernisation of the CHP was to create the greatest possible safety for visitors and employees of the house with unlimited, multifunctional and maximum playability.

Unrestricted adherence to the specified cost and time frame was defined by a fixed reopening date of the HKW and a capped budget. The avoidance of further interruptions of operation for future necessary repair measures was also a primary project objective.

Role SMV

SMV was called in to organise the measures to be carried out within the extremely tight time frame of 12 months construction time and with a budget to be strictly adhered to, and to carry them out on schedule and within budget.

Customer benefits

In its role as the client’s representative, SMV took over the competent interface between client and planners as well as authorities and other professional participants. SMV solved tasks for the client, prepared the facts concerning the project accordingly and informed the client continuously about the status of the project.

SMV ensured the consistent adherence to the project goals, delivered forecasts of the expected progress and suggested measures in time to avert possible project risks. This contributed not least to relieving the customer of the burden of performing the tasks in his actual field of activity. The measure was completed on time and within budget, and the cooperation of all those involved worked excellently.