• FA-117565 Source: Technisches Museum Wien
Collection Area
Die Quellenvielfalt des Archivs
Technical Drawings
1900 - 1909
At the moment this object is not published in the museum.

Rudolf Tropsch: Blueprint for the Technisches Museum Wien (Vienna Technical Museum), 1909

Numerous architects took part in the architectural competition in 1909 for the construction of the Technisches Museum Wien (Vienna Technical Museum), including representatives of the Viennese Modern Age, such as Rudolf Tropsch. 
The museum project by Rudolf Tropsch, born in 1870 in Budapest, was never carried out but is an outstanding example of the early Viennese Modern Age. This functional and elegant design was one of the boldest of the competition projects. Rudolf Tropsch conceived the Technisches Museum (Vienna Technical Museum) as a factory, thus most radically expressing the idea that form follows function, as Berta Zuckerkandl highlighted in 1909 in the Wiener Allgemeine Zeitung newspaper.

The architectural centre point of the museum complex is the towering central structure housing the main entrance, which is reached through a forecourt. Behind this, the iron structure of the machine hall and the chimney clad in glazed tiles are also very striking.

A total of 24 projects were submitted to the architectural competition, including designs by Otto Wagner and Adolf Loos. The historicized museum project by Hans Schneider was selected as the winner. It was built between 1910 and 1913, after a few changes had been made. However, the jury's decision to select Schneider's traditionalist design was controversial. The elimination of Otto Wagner's project also triggered a great deal of criticism.

The archive holdings of the Technisches Museum Wien include the competition documentation of both Hans Schneider and Rudolf Tropsch, as well as the original plans of other architects. These include the award-winning designs by Max Hegele and Rudolf Krausz, which were shortlisted together with Schneider's design.

Inv.Nr. BPA-001607/1
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