CASA DE ARQUITECTURA’s mission of promoting Architecture and its interdisciplinary ramifications is rooted on assembling a national archive of Architecture and making it available to the general public. This archive will be comprised of, and sustained by, its own collection, with drawings, studies, projects, models, books and works of architecture — a representative collection of Portuguese production, transversal and intergenerational, that will showcase Portugal’s architectural culture.
The Archive has the physical conditions and specialized techniques to accept and preserve national and international documentary collections concerning architecture, donated by architects or their heirs, public or private entities, and any others who might have important architectural or artistic holdings. This also allows it to maintain and improve the important collections in the Álvaro Siza Documentation Centre: Eduardo Souto de Moura, Paulo Mendes da Rocha, João Álvaro Rocha, among others. Setting up a collection that stands as an important archive of the memory and history of Contemporary Architecture allows CASA DA ARQUITECTURA to preserve and circulate documents and disciplinary instruments of Architecture, for local or virtual research, triggering the creation of a library of monographic and periodical editions donated, acquired or published by CASA DA ARQUITECTURA and considered fundamental for the thematic and specific framework under development.
CASA DE ARQUITECTURA aims to foster the creation of a national archive network of Architecture. It presents itself and assumes itself as a privileged partner among its peers, wishing to represent the country, fostering the exchange of experiences, collections, methodologies and specialized technicians dedicated to its mission. It intends to establish itself as a partner to similar entities in the archival treatment of their collections, whenever requested by them.
CASA DA ARQUITECTURA also has a privileged position to assume the responsibility of divulging and showing the public the work developed by the network, since most of the archives currently in existence do not have their own exhibition area.
CASA DA ARQUITECTURA’s spatial organization and distribution favours the exhibition and conservation of collections in both conventional and visible storage, as well as warehousing. The visible model is innovative, dynamic, lying somewhere between conventional or traditional storage and accessible or searchable storage. It will retain its primary functions, aimed at the conservation and research of the collection, which also allows for greater accessibility. With the intention to democratize access to culture and knowledge to all at its heart, we propose a storage typology based on the following areas: conventional storage, visible storage, visible warehousing and accessible storage.