Architectural Collection

Apart from works by the Friedrich von Schmidt School, by architects Karl Hasenauer, Josef Hofmann, Wilhelm Holzbauer, Franz Jäger, Georg Niemann, Friedrich Ohmann, Josef Olbrich, Gustav Peichl, Roland Rainer, Gottfried Semper, as well as Otto Wagner and his school, this collection also comprises drafts and other works by students. Thus, the changing architectural training at the Academy makes itself felt. However, the main part of the collection consists of works by Theophil Hansen, Ernst A. Plischke and Ernst W. Heiss.

HZ_19915Theophil Hansen
Musikvereinsgebäude (concert hall of the Vienna Music Association) Longitudinal section
Black ink, watercolor and gold, mounted on cardboard, 786 x 1219 mm
© Kupferstichkabinett (Graphic Collection) of the Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna

An especially interesting part is our stock of Gothic architectural designs. With 428 drawings, the Kupferstichkabinett (Graphic Collection) of the Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna, possesses the largest collection of gothic building designs in the world. This stock not only comprises large presentation plans, but also all aspects of the design and day-to-day construction work.

HZ_16957Gothic Building design of St Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna (Wiener Stephansdom), north-western altar canopy, the so-called Puchheim baldachin
Ruling pen and compasses in black ink on paper, scarcely visible preliminary lines, 294 x 438 mm
© Kupferstichkabinett (Graphic Collection) of the Academy of Fine Arts,
Vienna