Congress Center AXICA

Berlin, Germany, 2014

Anything But the Usual

The AXICA Congress Center in Berlin excels with its convincingly spectacular design. Since 2014, elegant milanolight chairs have been deployed there, as well.

The best thing I’ve ever done!

Frank O. Gehry, Gehry Partners, LLP, Los Angeles


Since 1999, DZ BANK has been offering a very special event location: the AXICA Congress Center in Berlin. Located in a prominent place indeed, at Pariser Platz in immediate proximity to the Brandenburg Gate, this venue hosts congresses, gala events and award-winning ceremonies for up to 600 guests. Its expressive and visionary architecture was designed by award-winning Los Angeles architect Frank O. Gehry. The Canadian Gehry has lived in California since 1947; he designed the Guggenheim museum in Bilbao, considered by some to be his most important work. He is one of the most famous contemporary architects and ranks among the most renowned representatives of deconstructivism.

One characteristic of Gehry’s building style is the dissolution of regularity and symmetry. In their place, he sets inclined spaces, angled planes and reversed forms which are linked much like a collage, thus creating numerous new rooms and niches. This results in a unique experience of space, a feature also characteristic of AXICA. Already at the entrance, the classical, sober sandstone façade opens up the view towards a spatial sculpture with biomorphic forms, premium materials and a spectacularly dynamic geometry.

In spring 2014, furnishings were complemented by 350 milanolight design chairs made by Brunner. The delicate square tube frame perfectly fits in with the extraordinary architecture. The premium white synthetic leather cover offers an exciting contrast to the red carpeting, creating a representative framework for extraordinary events. Whether placed in rows or for a banquet – the comfortable fully upholstered high-back seat shell is convincing thanks to the pleasant seating it provides.

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