Holdings

Margherita Spiluttini Photo Archive

Atlas Austria – a photographer’s view of architectural work in Austria

Exterior of housing development Donau City

Delugan Meissl, housing development Donau City, plot 13, 1220 Vienna, 1998
Image: Architekturzentrum Wien, Collection, Margherita Spiluttini

Margherita Spiluttini’s photo archive of is one of the most important collections of photographs of architecture in Austria from 1980 to 2005.

“Architecture is always something made by human beings and therefore says something important about them.” (Margherita Spiluttini)

Commissioned by important architects and theorists, over the past 35 years Margherita Spiluttini has documented more than 4,000 buildings. The focus of her work was on documenting contemporary architecture. In addition she examined the themes of urban design and anonymous architecture as well as looking at historic buildings and art in public space, and documenting exhibitions.

Margherita Spiluttini worked not only in Austria but also abroad, for example in Switzerland during many years of collaboration with the architecture practice of Herzog & de Meuron. Numerous independent photography projects including the series “Nach der Natur” about built interventions in the alpine landscape, complete her comprehensive range of work.

In focus: 35 years of architecture

The 100,000 photographs made over the years, mostly large sheet film slides, have been completely inventoried. Most of the images have been digitalised and will be accessible in the future at spiluttini.azw.at. Reproductions can be ordered in the Architekturzentrum Wien and require a fee.

Exterior of Alt Erlaa housing development
Harry Glück, Alt Erlaa housing development, 1230 Vienna, 1973–1985
Image: Architekturzentrum Wien, Collection, Margherita Spiluttini
Interior of Neues Museum Nürnberg
Volker Staab, Rèmy Zaugg, Neues Museum Nürnberg/Germany, 1996–1999
Image: Architekturzentrum Wien, Collection, Margherita Spiluttini
Interior of Gewerbehaus (Commerce Building) Vienna
Carl Appel, Gewerbehaus of Vienna Chamber of Commerce, 1030 Vienna, 1952–1954
Image: Architekturzentrum Wien, Collection, Margherita Spiluttini
Interior Prada Aoyama Tokyo
Herzog & de Meuron, Prada Aoyama Tokyo/Japan, 2001–2003
Image: Architekturzentrum Wien, Collection, Margherita Spiluttini
Exterior of library, Cottbus University
Herzog & de Meuron, Cottbus University Library, Germany, 2001–2004
Image: Architekturzentrum Wien, Collection, Margherita Spiluttini
Exterior of Swiss Re – Centre for Global Dialogue
Meili & Peter, Swiss Re – Centre for Global Dialogue, Switzerland, 1996–2000
Image: Architekturzentrum Wien, Collection, Margherita Spiluttini
Exterior of the Unité d'Habitation
Le Corbusier, Unité d'Habitation, France, 1949–1952
Image: Architekturzentrum Wien, Collection, Margherita Spiluttini

Margherita Spiluttini: Biography

  • born 1947 in Schwarzach, Salzburg
  • lives in Vienna
  • since 1981 freelance photographer
  • 1998 and 1999 lecturer at the University of Applied Arts Vienna
  • 1999–2001 member of the photography advisory board in the art section of the Federal Chancellery
  • 2000–2002 visiting professor at the University of Art and Design, Linz
  • 2008–2011 und 1995–1999 member of the board of the Vienna Secession

 

Awards

  • 1996 Austrian Award for Artistic Photography
  • 1997 Prize of the City of Vienna
  • 2005 Major Art Prize of the State of Salzburg
  • 2006 Austrian Cross of Honour for Arts and Science
  • 2009 Otto Breicha Prize for the Art of Photography
  • 2016 Austrian State Prize for Artistic Photography