Zaha Hadid, Frank Gehry and more join protest to save "masterpiece" school by Helmut Richter
Protecting a modern monument
MAD principal Ma Yansong, French architect Dominique Perrault, historian Kenneth Frampton and Coop Himmelb(l)au founder Wolf D Prix have also pledged their support to the campaign.
The group want to preserve the legacy of the late Helmut Richter and was is considered to be one of his most important buildings – the Science Secondary School at Kinkplatz in Vienna. The Austrian architect, who died earlier this year, finished the impressive steel-framed school in 1994.
The Helmut Richter Committee, which was set up by Austrian designer Peter Noever, have announced that the future of Richter's "masterpiece" is threatened by a planned conversion:
"Helmut Richter's architecture has proved to be groundbreaking and has had a lasting effect through the work of his various students," reads a statement from the organisation.
"For modern architecture in Austria it is essential that the destruction of this central work by Helmut Richter should be prevented."
Mass Studies founder Minsuk Cho, American architects Eric Owen Moss and Mark Mack, and Austrian architects Greg Lynn and Colin Fournier are also supporting the campaign with Hadid, Holl, Gehry, Tschumi and a handful of other figures.
The online pledge reads: "I trust that Helmut Richter's legacy and memory will be preserved by the responsible authorities according to the highest standards. And I would like to unequivocally state my opposition to the legacy of Helmut Richter being in any way impaired or disfigured, or even demolished and replaced by new buildings. With this, I also give my consent for this petition, which I herby sign, to be made public by the Helmut Richter Committee."
To support the campaign, sign the online petition here