HOLDINGS OF THE ARCHITECTURAL COLLECTION


The Architectural Collection comprises about 50,000 plans, sketches and scale models. The origins of the objects point, in the main, to four sources:

 

 

"Atlas" of Baron Philipp von Stosch

The "founding father" of the architectural collection was Philipp Freiherr [i.e., Baron] von Stosch (1691-1757), to whom the Albertina owes a significant stock of some 2,000 sheets of Italian architectural drawings of the 16th, 17th and early 18th century.

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Stock of architectural drawings from the Court Building Office of
the monarchy

The Architecture Collection includes 4,000 drawings produced by the draughting department of the Imperial Court (later State) Construction Office.

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various architects’ estates

The acquisition of plans and models from the estates of 20th-century architects has occurred for the most part on the initiative of the heirs and/or individual museum employees.

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architectural scale models

Architectural models have been acquired either as part of the architects’ estates or as generous gifts and permanent loans from individuals and public institutions.

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