A1 Repro Stand at the Irish Architectural Archive

Image Quality meets Cost Efficiency at the Irish Architectural Archive

Cartlann Ailtireachta na hÉireann, the Irish Architectural Archive, was established in 1976 to collect and preserve material of every kind relating to the architecture of Ireland and make it available to the public. With 2.5 million drawings ranging in date from the late seventeenth to the twentieth centuries the collection of the Irish Architectural Archive includes the most significant body of historic Irish architectural drawings in the world. Also housed in the Archive are
500,000 photographs, making this one of the largest collections of photographs in Ireland.
rish Architectural Archive exterior rear view

“We are delighted with the X71. The results are beyond our highest expectations.”

Colum O’Riordan
CEO, Irish Architectural Archive

The Irish Architectural Archive in numbers

drawings and documents


books and journals


Project background

Until the end of 2017 the Irish Architectural Archive was working with photographers for commissioned work on demand, which was associated with high costs per item. Thanks to grants from the Department of Culture and an architect whose collection the Archive is holding in their premises, the Irish Architectural Archive was able to invest in their own digitization equipment,

book2net A1 reprographic studio in the Irish Architectural Archive

book2net action

The installation of an A1 repro system equipped with our X71 camera in April 2018 was the starting point for the digitization of the collection, with the architecture publications from the Rowan collection being scanned first for a current exhibition project. It soon became clear that working with the book2net system was the most productive solution, enabling forensic analyses due to the excellent image quality. The high resolution of the X71 camera made even the finest lines on the originals visible and made it possible to produce high-quality enlargements for printing exhibition posters.


First results with enhanced image analysis have been successfully achieved. The Irish Architectural Archive is now able to open its collection to the wider public and scholars. The next major project will be the digitization of the outstanding photographic collection, which holds about 500.000 items and is one of the largest in Ireland.

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