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Back to pictures of my Berlin trip. For two days, we had meetings in a fantastic conference center designed by Frank Gehry.  Axica, is located inside a squarish building which houses the offices of DZ Bank.  The bank is located next to the US embassy and the Brandenburg gate (Brandenburger Tor) in Pariser Platz.  To preserve the overall look of Pariser Platz, Frank Gehry provided his magic touch inside an otherwise mundane looking building.

Entrance view: Whale ? Amoeba ? It looks as if it is spitting out a torrent of reflective glass.

Alien?  Squid ?

View from the top. Sculptural clouds.

Just before the meeting.

Another conference room on the top floor with view of the city.

The conference room inside the mouth of the organism is pure Gehry –  curved surfaces everywhere.  The room is notable for its layout which dictates the seating arrangement of the room users – an oval table in the middle, a fixed podium for the speaker, 2 giant monitors,  two rows of facing balcony seats on either side of the room.  The room engulfs those who enter, and subtly invites a face-to-face discourse.  There is only a narrow entrance into this cozy space – the attendees walk in together to solve a problem, cannot leave until a resolution is reached, and walk out together into the light.

The coolest looking meeting space I have ever been !

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    • bigcitiesbrightlights
    • Posted January 8, 2012 at 5:54 pm
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    amazing! i didn’t know about this, have to check it out next time i’m in berlin! thank you!


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