• FA-122358 © Technisches Museum Wien, Photo: Peter Sedlaczek
Collection Area
Everyday Life
Structural Engineering
Everyday Life - directions for use
1950 - 1959

Sample of a lightweight scaffolding, 1955


Scaffoldings form part of the cityscapes of cities which are growing and renewing themselves. They play an important role in safety during construction. The architectural technology collection has a light metal scaffolding on exhibit.

Scaffoldings are used for the construction and facade restoration of tall buildings. They should be light-weighted, easy to set up and ensure the required safety for the work to be performed. During the years of reconstruction after World War II, the Austrian company "Österreichische Metallwerke AG" introduced a new light metal scaffolding to the market, which met these requirements.

The Österreichische Metallwerke in Ranshofen was founded in 1938 as "Mattigwerk", a subsidiary of the "Vereinigten Aluminiumwerke AG Berlin" (VAW), and was nationalised in 1948. In 1957, the company was consolidated with the Metallwerk Berndorf to form "Vereinigten Metallwerken Ranshofen-Berndorf AG" (VMW). After the deconsolidation and sale of the plant in Berndorf in 1988, the operation in Ranshofen was renamed to Austria Metall AG (AMAG). It now belongs to the "Österreichischen Industrie AG" (ÖIAG).

In 1955, the company gifted the Technisches Museum Wien (Vienna Technical Museum) with a few samples of its products for a presentation of new building materials. These included sections of ladders, windows and the scaffolding. The light metal scaffolding consists of a few pipes, patented connection pieces with quick-fit fasteners (90° adapters) and a base plate. The easy locking system and the light weight of the material facilitate its transport as well as the setup and dismantling.

This system, which has been developed further in minor details and to which a few elements have been added, is on the whole the system which is still in use today.

Inv.Nr. 16584/4
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