Stop the disfigurement of John Hejduk’s Berlin Tower


A brief post to say that our petition against the disfigurement of John Hejduk’s Berlin Tower is now up and running at:

We’re not against the renovation and improvement of architecturally important buildings, but we do feel that the city’s architectural heritage should be treated with respect, and any alterations made only after careful consultation and knowledge of the importance of a design such as Hejduk’s.

So please do sign if you feel the same way.  There is more to Berlin’s architectural history than just a baroque palace.

There is also a press release here in english and here in german.

Thanks for your support.

Jim Hudson


  1. Signed!

    Christian, March 18, 2010
  2. I don’t understand. Are we to expect that businesses should conform to the wishes of architectural purists out of the goodness of their hearts? In a world where money exists, this just doesn’t seem feasible. (Or would you support a government initiative to force the issue?)

    Robert S. Porter, March 19, 2010
  3. It’s true that there is no reason the building owner would undo these works unless someone else paid for them (no law appears to have been broken as far as we can see). Yet it’s important to take a stand here – if nothing else it might make the owners of other key buildings from this period in Berlin think more carefully, not about the decision to renovate, but about the manner in which they do it.

    I worked for 15 years as a construction manager in the UK, by the way, much of that time spent (carefully) altering protected buildings. I’ve not thought of myself as an architectural purist before now (see much of the rest of my blog).

    admin, March 19, 2010
  4. I guess the answer to my final question has been provided.

    Robert S. Porter, April 1, 2010

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