Research Institute Archive for Building Art

The purpose of the archive is the collection, documentation and scientific editing of materials of architecture and engineering since the 19th century. A main focus is the central Alpine region with Tyrol, South Tyrol and the neighbouring regions of Trentino and Vorarlberg.

Holdings and new acquisitions are made available to the public in exhibitions and publications, conferences and lectures and are also made accessible to international research. Research projects are also carried out in connection with the courses of the Chair of Architectural History and Monument Preservation with the participation of the students. This is intended to make a significant contribution to the preservation of the cultural heritage and the promotion of research.

With its combination of architecture and engineering, the new archive is an exception among the existing European institutions. As a research focus of the Chair of Architectural History and Monument Preservation, the "history of construction" is documented and analyzed. Engineering structures in mountainous regions with their own conditions and special challenges will sometimes supplement the collection. The traditional rural architecture of the Alpine region is also a research field.

The collection includes architects' estates, individual projects, company archives, photo collections, publications, models and similar materials. One focus of the collection is classical modernism. With the architecture of the twenties and thirties, the central Alpine region has shown an independent development: In the field of tension between the international "White Modernism" and the regional architectural scene, a specific Tyrolean architecture of extraordinary quality and diversity emerged, whose powerful, unmistakable formal language attracted attention throughout Europe. It is astonishing that of the many important architects, only Lois Welzenbacher and Clemens Holzmeister are still internationally known today. This "forgotten modernity" will be successively reappraised in the coming years.




Archive for Building Art
Research Department of the University of Innsbruck at Adambräu
Lois-Welzenbacher-Platz 1
6020 Innsbruck

Archive for Building Art

T: +43 512 507-33101, +43 512 507-33102
F: +43 512 507-33199


Opportunities to visit

Visits to the Archive of Building Art outside of the exhibitions are possible after written or telephone registration and consultation. During exhibitions separate opening hours apply, which can be found on our website. Please also note that a plan presentation is only possible after written registration and consultation.

Users of the archive must also bring the signed user regulations with them. This can be found on our homepage for download.


Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Klaus Tragbar (Head)
T: +43 512 507-64010

Prov.-Doz. Dr. Christoph Hölz (Deputy head)
T: +43 512 507-33101



Christoph Hölz (Hg.), Archiv im Adambräu. Die Architektursammlung im Welzenbacher-Bau (Schriftenreihe des Archivs für Baukunst Band 4), Innsbruck 2019.

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