AHI Architectural Heritage Intervention

“Contributing to enhancing our heritage, as the way forward for 21 st Century architecture is our raison d’être; to emphasize a diverse, rich vision that necessarily complements the intervention is our mission, and achieving it with reflexive and purposeful efforts is the challenge”.

This project, founded in, and directed since, 2011 by Ramon Calonge, Oriol Cusidó, Marc Manzano and Jordi Portal, architects and members of the Group of Architects for the Defence and Intervention in Architectural Heritage (AADIPA), has, through the years become a platform that includes four actions that are both independent and transversal.
The European Award, a biennial event that brings together and showcases the multiple approaches of intervention in Europe.

The International Biennial, a framework that serves to compare and gain closer insight of quality interventions in architectural heritage in non-European countries.

The digital Archive, a live and open window that provides a panoramic view of interventions in the history of our surroundings.

The Forum, a meeting place where you can participate in on-going debates about the main preoccupations and lines of thought about interventions in architectural heritage in Europe.


New access to the historic centre of Gironella

New access to the historic centre of Gironella

Gironella has grown divided by the river Llobregat. Its historic center is located on top of a hill where the medieval castle was set and has been depopulated due to difficulties in accessibility. We propose new access to the old town in order to enhance the connectivity between the two parts of the town. The location of the elevator in Cal Metre’s path triggers the incorporation of this unused track as a new great natural public space for Gironella. The river facade is formed by medieval remains that mean an architectural and historic heritage for the town. Our proposal seeks to be integrated respectfully as a new layer in the memory of the place. The upper 16 meters of the case is covered with a ceramic lattice, made by holed bricks, allowing natural ventilation and lighting. The lattice inner face is left open allowing the visual relation with the stone wall. The lower 8 meters of the case has a glass enclosure to ensure a close relation with Cal Metre's path and its trees.

Project name

New access to the historic centre of Gironella






Carles Enrich Studio
Carles Enrich Giménez



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Team: Ada Sánchez, Àngel Rosales, Adriana Campmany
Structural engineer: MA+SA arquitectura (Roger Saderra)
Quantity surveyor: Jaume Morro
Constructor: Solà Cardona

Cost €


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