Restoration of Frey House II

On 22nd October 2017, the Pal Springs Art Museum and the Modernism Week promoted a funds raise event to help support the ongoing restoration and operations of Frey House II. “The Frey House II appears to grow from the craggy rocks of the San Jacinto mountain overlooking Palm Springs, California. Architect Albert Frey spent years measuring the movement of the sun and the contours of the rocks before he selected the site for his modernist home. The house was completed in 1963. Widely praised as a landmark example of Desert Modernism, the Frey II house is now owned by the Palm Springs…

Alvar Aalto library Finlandia renovation awarded with the Prize for Architecture 2017

“Finland´s most important architecture prize has been awarded to JKMM and Arkkitehdit NRT Oy for their renovation of the Aalto University campus library in Otaniemi. Architects Arkkitehdit NRT Oy and interior architects JKMM won the Finlandia Prize for Architecture 2017 for their overhaul of the Harald Herlin Learning Centre, which was originally designed by the Finnish modernist architect Alvar Aalto, along with several other buildings on the campus. As part of the renovation, which was carried out in 2016, elements of a traditional library have been retained but updated to suit the future-facing requirements of a science and technology university.” More details: website

Casa Dagorret

Casa Dagorret, initially residential and later transformed into a professional institute, is now part of a recycling project run by the Bauer Arquitectos office, consisting of Carlos Bauer, Camila Nuñez, Alessandra Cabrera, Marialice Fernández and Tomas Angermeyer. The verification of the authorship of Kulczewski was done through the search of information and consultations with specialists related to the patrimonial architecture in Chile, among them Maximiano Atria, General Secretary of Docomomo Chile. However, despite its architectural value, the house was quite abandoned, a state that in the office do not only attribute it in material terms, but also cultural and historical….

Flaminio Stadium receives the Getty Foundation´s Keeping it Modern – Architectural Conservation Grants

The Getty Foundation´s Keeping it Modern – Architectural Conservation Grants has awarded a grant of $180,000 for the development of a Conservation Plan for the Flaminio Stadium in Rome built in 1959 by Pier Luigi and Antonio Nervi, for the 1960´s Olympic Games, today in an advanced state of decay. “In agreement with the City of Rome, the Department of Structural and Geotechnical Engineering of the Sapienza University of Rome, the Pier Luigi Nervi Project Association and Docomomo Italia applied for the Keeping It Modern international Grant promoted by the Getty Foundation – one of the most prestigious international institutions supporting the…

Werdmuller Centre

“Designed by one of Roelof Uytenbogaardt, one of the leading South African architects of the 20th century, the Werdmuller Centre was built for Old Mutual, as a shopping centre with attached offices, and completed in 1975. Possessing strong Corbusian influences the building is an instantly recognisable product of the Modern Movement.” After an eleven-year campaign by Docomomo South Africa that saw the Werdmuller Centre elevated to a Provincial Heritage Site (Grade 2) based on it excellence in architectural design, Docomomo South Africa with the full support of Docomomo International, has successfully rallyed to save the former shopping mall. The Heritage Western Cape Impact Assessment…

Performance-based Retrofit of the United Nations Headquarters Campus

“Nestled along the East River in New York City, the United Nations Headquarters has long been admired as the physical embodiment of global diplomacy and collaboration.  Born from the ashes of World War II, the United Nations Headquarters was designed in 1947 by a collaborative, international team of esteemed architects including Le Corbusier, Wallace K. Harrison, and Oscar Niemeyer.  The campus’ resulting architectural achievements have endured as one of the most widely-recognized examples of 20th century International Style architecture, including the first glass curtain wall skyscraper in the United States. After decades of wear and weather exposure, the buildings’ envelopes…

Cables Wind House has been granted A-listed status

“Edinburgh´s world-famous collection of historic buildings just got another entry – a 1960s block of flats. Grey, concrete and 10 storeys tall, Cables Wind House in Leith has just been granted A-listed status, putting it in the same category as Holyrood Palace, Queen´s official residence in Scotland. Known locally as the Banana Flats due to its curved shape, the block made literary history after Trainspotting author Irvine Welsh named it as the childhood home of Simon “Sticky Boy” Williamson, who is referred to in the novel as the “Bannanay flats cavalier”. Neighbouring Linksview House has also been upgraded, giving both…

State Theatre in Hong Kong

Previous months, docomomo International, docomomo Hong Kong and Walk in Hong Kong proceeded to address the perilous situation of the State Theatre in Hong Kong. The Antiquities Advisory Board (AAB) in Hong Kong proposed a Grade 1 historic building rating for State Theatre at their last meeting on 8th December. Grade 1 structures are those deemed by the board to be of “outstanding merit, which every effort should be made to preserve if possible”. However, even a Grade 1 listed building, there is still a risk of demolition as it is being acquired by an unknown private buyer. Walk in Hong Kong will continue to campaign for the protection…

Villa Volman

“Since the early 1990s, visitors to the sleepy town of  Celákovice, just a few kilometres from Prague, could have easily missed the concrete ruin of Villa Volman. Situated in a large natural park, the house had become more of a neglected, weather-battered, graffiti-covered squat than the luxury mansion of its heyday. But the building – one of the Czech modernist movement’s forgotten icons – has been returned to its pre-war glory after years of careful restoration work. Saved by enlightened local business group CZ Tech, the home of industrialist Josef Volman was originally built in 1939, designed by avant-garde Czech…

State Theatre in Hong Kong

docomomo International’s advocacy efforts for State Theatre were decisive in the grading process being conducted by the Antiquities and Advisory Board of Hong Kong. On 23rd March 2016, Professor Ana Tostões, docomomo International Chair, addressed a letter to the Chairman and all members of the Antiquities Advisory Board, to the Executive Secretary of the Antiquities and Monuments Office, to the Commissioner for Heritage and to the Secretary for Development of the Government of Hong Kong, urging them to take the lead in the preservation of State Theatre. In addition, a report by Professor Dr.-Ing. Jos Tomlow, from Zittau/Görlitz University of Applied Sciences and member…