A group of world renowned architects, inluding Zaha Hadid, Frank Gehry, Steven Hall and Bernar Tschumi, have started campaigning against the partial demolition of a school in Vienna designed by Austrian modernist architect Helmut Richter. The Science Secondary School at Kinkplatz is to be converted, during which process parts of the steel-framed building, completed in 1994, would be torn down.
The online petition was also signed by historian Kenneth Frampton, Dominique Perrault, Wolf Prix, among others. The Helmut Richter Committee, an organization set up by Austrian designer Peter Noever, claims that the architect’s ‘masterpiece’ is threatened because the planned conversion will include razing of parts of its glass structure.
Several famous architects have voiced their support for preserving the building. Berlin-based architect Zvi Hecker called it a ‘rare phenomenom’ which should be kept for future generations.
The pledge includes a paragraph that 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 hereby sign, to be made public by the Helmut Richter Committee.”