Biblioteca Municipal de Albergaria-a-Velha [Albergaria-a-Velha Municipal Library], Albergaria-a-Velha (1999)
Part of:
  • Alvaro Siza (archive creator)
  • Alvaro Siza (architect)

Biblioteca Municipal de Albergaria-a-Velha [Albergaria-a-Velha Municipal Library], Albergaria-a-Velha (1999)



Level of archival description:
Extent and medium:
  • 629 drawings (including 559 reprographic copies on paper)
    40 photographic materials
    0.21 l.m. of textual records
Scope and content:
This project series documents the Biblioteca Municipal de Albergaria-a-Velha in Albergaria-a-Velha, Portugal. While the records were held in the office’s archives this project was assigned the number 115/90. The office assigned the date 1999 for this project.
The project site was located on the top of a hill in the Parque da Vila near a sports center and a school. The program presented by Siza and his team respected the criteria developed by the Instituto do Livro Português e as bibliotecas for a municipal library of a city between 20 000 and 50 000 citizens (BM2). The design for the two-story library includes reading rooms, multimedia rooms, a section for adults, a section for children, and a multipurpose room for conferences and exhibitions, as well as private parking for fifty cars. The project was not built.
Documenting this project are sketches, working drawings, structural drawings, and technical drawings. Textual material includes reference documentation, technical documentation, correspondence, and project documentation.
Reference number:


Material in this series was arranged by Álvaro Siza’s office and has been kept in this order.

Albergaria-a-Velha Portugal

Credit line:
When citing the collection as a whole, use the citation: Álvaro Siza fonds, Collection Centre Canadien d’Architecture/Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal. When citing specific collection material, please refer to the object’s specific credit line.
Language of material:
  • Portuguese
Related units of description:
  • Sketches for the Biblioteca Municipal de Albergaria-a-Velha are also included in Siza's sketchbooks found in Series AP178.S2 of this fonds. Of note is sketchbook 479.

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