Under Threat – Weyerhaeuser International Campus
By Edward Charles Bassett (SOM) and Peter Walker (SWA), Federal Way, WA, USA, 1972

Docomomo International became aware by Docomomo US that the Weyerhaeuser International Campus, Federal Way, WA, USA is currently threatened by the proposed large-scale development plan by Industrial Realty Group. “Located 25 miles south of Seattle, WA in the City of Federal Way, the Weyerhaeuser International campus is a sprawling 260-acre wooded site that includes the Weyerhaeuser Corporate Headquarters building with recreational and forested areas. Designed by architect Edward Charles “Chuck” Bassett of Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill (SOM) and Peter Walker of Sasaki, Walker and Associates (SWA) and PWP Landscape Architecture, and completed in 1972, the Weyerhaeuser Company’s headquarters was the…

Sign the petition – Ex Panificio Militare
Florence, Italy, 1933

Docomomo International, as also Docomomo Italy are willing to raise awareness regarding the risk of being demolished that the Ex Panificio Militare, Florence, Italy, 1933, is facing, due to a project that foresees the complete demolition of the complex to build on the same site a new shopping center. Dating from the period between both world wars, the Ex Panificio Militare, former Military Bakery, complex is composed by several different buildings that form a trapezoidal insula within a densely built urban area of Florence. Even not having any specific and valuable architectural characteristics, the complex has a local cultural and…

Under Threat – Old Port Authority Building
By Alexis Syriopoulos, Patras, Greece, 1960s

Docomomo Greece alerted Docomomo International that the old building of the Port Authority of Patras, Greece, designed by Alexis Syriopoulos in the late 1960s is threatened by the new master plan of the port of Patras, as according to it the building is to be demolished. Designed by Alexis Syriopoulos, who was an architect, painter, and lecturer at the NTU Athens School of Architecture from 1987 to 1992, the old Port Authority building results from the 1st prize he awarded in a pan-Hellenic architectural competition. The City of Patras launched in 2019 a 2-stages national architectural competition for the redesign…

Under Threat: Dhaka University’s TSC building
By Constantinos Doxiadis, Dhaka, Bangladesh, 1960s

Docomomo International became aware by Docomomo Greece that Dhaka University’s TSC building, Dhaka, Bangladesh, designed by Constantinos Doxiadis in the early 1960s, is under threat due to a current proposal that means its demolition and replacement by a new multi-story structure. This is recently the second Modern Movement masterpiece in Dhaka that is under high risk to be demolished – also the Kamalapur Railway Station, designed by Daniel Dunham and Robert Boughey for Berger Consulting, 1961-1968 is in danger of being demolished (see heritage in danger). Unexpected by students, alumni, and residents of Dhaka, the historical Teacher-Student Centre (TSC) “-…

Under threat: Wohnbedarf shop
By Marcel Breuer and Robert Winkler, Zürich, Switzerland, 1932-1933

Docomomo International became aware by Docomomo Switzerland that the Wohnbedarf shop at Talstrasse 11, Zürich, designed by Marcel Breuer and Robert Winkler, 1932-1933, is under threat due to the proposed renovation works. “On 21 January 1933, Wohnbedarf AG (wobag) moves into the new Zurich business premises designed and built by Marcel Breuer and Robert Winkler. Wohnbedarf still operates a furniture shop at this address today, which is known far beyond the Swiss borders.We recently learned that the owners of the building, which also housed the Zurich Stock Exchange, were going to carry out renovation work on the facades and interiors….

Under threat – Kamalapur Railway Station
By Daniel Dunham and Robert Boughey, Dhaka, Bangladesh, 1961-1968

Docomomo International became aware that the Kamalapur Railway Station, designed by Daniel C. Dunham and Robert G.Boughey for Berger Consulting between 1961 and 1968 in Dhaka, Bangladesh, is threatened due to the an extension plan of the Dhaka Metro Rail’s Line-6 that includes its  demolition and  replacement by a new infrastructure, rather than its adaptation. Similarly to the Indian Institute of Management in Ahmedabad (IIMA), by Louis Kahn in India, the Kamalapur Railway station is a masterpiece of the Modern Movement in South Asia threatened by the government’s action. “The Kamalapur Railway Station has stood east of the city’s Motijheel…

Under threat – Cinelandia
By Pieter A. van Stuivenberg, Willemstad, Curaçao, 1941

Docomomo International became aware by Docomomo Curaçao that the government of Curaçao ordered the demolition within the next month of Cinelandia building, one of the most important Modern Movement monument in the island, instead of forcing its restoration or reconstruction. Designed by the dutch architect Pieter A. van Stuivenberg, Cinelandia was built in 1941 in the historic district Punda of Willemstad city. At the time it was built, with its 2200 seats for visitors, it was the largest open-air movie theater in the region. Also designed by Van Stuivenberg, one month after the opening of Cinelandia in Punda, in the…

Lost – Burroughs Wellcome Building
by Paul Rudolph, Durham, USA, 1969-1972

Docomomo International received the sad news that the Paul Rudolph designed Burroughs Wellcome Building (Elion-Hitchings Building), by Paul Rudolph, Durham, USA, 1969-1972, – the most important modern site in North Carolina, and perhaps Rudolph’s 2nd most influential built project to Yale – is being demolished. “A landmark building that helped raise the profile of Research Triangle Park and where scientists pioneered the use of AZT to prolong the lives of countless people infected with HIV is coming down. The Elion-Hitchings Building is both an important part of Paul Rudolph’s architectural legacy as well as the only Rudolph-designed structure in North…

Sign the petition – PepsiCo “Bottlecap” Theater
By Daverman Associates of Grand Rapids, Doral, USA, 1964

Docomomo International became aware by Docomomo US that the brutalist PepsiCo “Bottlecap” Theater, by Daverman Associates of Grand Rapids, Doral, USA, 1964, is under threat of being demolished due to the news owners’ plan to demolish all of the buildings on the PepsiCo property. Designed by the architectural firm Daverman Associates of Grand Rapids, Michigan, one of Michigan’s key mid-century architectural firms, being the project supervised by Robert J. Boerema. “In late 2017, PepsiCo sold its offices and bottling plant in Doral, Florida to local developers Terra and Terranova Corp. for just over $40 million. The 23.7 acre property, a…

Sign the petition – Villa Beer
By Josef Frank and Oskar Wlach, Vienna, Austria, 1929-1930

Being under threat since 2016, a petition to save Villa Beer, by Josef Frank and Oskar Wlach, Vienna, Austria, 1929-1930, is open. Besides Docomomo Austria, Icomos Austria, and the Austrian Society for Architecture (Österreichischen Gesellschaft für Architektur ÖGFA), Docomomo International wishes to raise awareness for the serious endangerment of this iconic building. Under protection since 1987, the Villa Beer is one of the most important buildings of private housing from the 1920s and 1930s. Together with buildings by Le Corbusier and Mies van der Rohe, the Villa Beer stands in the European architecture´s first row. After several preservation measures this monument…