SIGNIFICANT EXAMPLE OF UNKNOWN ARCHITECTURE

(1) An institutional salvage of 1 room of Wydäckerring

(2) On the roof of the HIL: exhibited as a significant example of unknown architecture

Heritage, in its contemporary sense, stands for a term that describes the legacy of artifacts, buildings, and cultural practices that have survived the passing of time. A little fragment of this legacy is legally protected: just those parts that a societal negotiation has approved to be culturally valuable. Most of the material legacy nevertheless outlasts the changes in our world for quite a long time – because nobody is interested in transforming it. If something is too young to have already gone through this societal evaluation process, but anyhow at risk of disappearing, what options are left? As an act of appreciation, an act of raising awareness, an act of despair, some actors decide to rescue pieces of not-protected heritage. The Robin Hood Gardens in London, a significant example of brutalist architecture, which failed to be protected by the heritage authorities, was rescued by the Victora and Albert Museum and mediatized, exhibited and salvaged. This fetishization of the last remaining physical pieces have shown, that an institution is capable of constructing a myth and a discourse about how these kind of buildings could be treated. What if somebody assumes responsibility for the Wydäckerring?