Approaches to the Conservation of Plastic Buildings


  • Ashal Tyurkay
  • Uta Pottgiesser




Futuro, deterioration, Conservation Management Plan (CMP), comparative analysis, plastics, Futuro, deterioration, Conservation Management Plan (CMP), comparative analysis, plastics


The four Futuro case studies (Futuro No. 000, Corfu-Futuro, Donaldson-Futuro, Munich-Futuro) presented in this journal document conservation approaches to plastic buildings and elements – in this case, glass-reinforced plastic (GRP) sandwich panels. They contribute to the definition of general conservation approaches, and at the same time reveal the knowledge gaps related to their individual histories and the necessity of a framework for managing interventions that are suited to GRP sandwich panels. The history and physical fabric of the selected Futuros, and the interventions done are compared in this article. The comparative analysis demonstrates how important it is to integrate a framework for adequate research and documentation into the conservation processes, in order to understand each building’s significance and plan the interventions accordingly. The arguments deduced from the analyses demonstrate which factors differentiate the conservation solutions of the case studies in order to reframe the Futuros’ expected life-span into a managed life-cycle.

How to Cite

Tyurkay, A., & Pottgiesser, U. (2022). FROM DETERIORATION TO REVIVAL: Approaches to the Conservation of Plastic Buildings. Docomomo Journal, (66), 75–83.





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Author Biographies

Ashal Tyurkay

Ashal Tyurkay Stockholm-based architect, part-time lecturer at Marmara University, Turkey. After obtaining her Diploma in Architecture (2014) at Istanbul Technical University (ITU), she became Archiprix Turkey finalist with her graduation project. She earned her MSc degree in Environmental Control and Construction Technologies (2017) with her thesis ‘An Analysis Tool for Performance Evaluation in Architectural Details’. As a Research and Teaching Assistant at ITU (2015-2018) and Visiting Researcher at University of Antwerp (2018), she participated in research projects in the field of facade systems design and performance, organization of international conferences and seminars, teaching activities in building technology and consultancy work for companies. She has worked in prominent architecture firms and construction and facade design companies in Turkey, Belgium and Germany where she gained practical experience at architectural design, building construction and project management.

Uta Pottgiesser

Uta Pottgiesser Dr.-Ing. (PhD), licenced architect, studied Architecture at TU Berlin and finished her dissertation at TU Dresden with the title: Multi-layered Glass Constructions. Energy and Construction—both in Germany. She is Professor of Heritage & Technology at TU Delft in the Netherlands and Professor of Building Construction and Materials at Detmold School of Architecture and Interior Architecture (TH OWL), Germany. As a practicing architect and academic she is concerned with the protection, reuse and improvement of the built heritage and environment. She is board member of docomomo Germany and served as chair of the Docomomo International Specialist Committee on Technology (ISC/T) from 2016-2021. Since 2022 she is chair Docomomo International.


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