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.

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Country house

Country house

A country house located in the outskirts of a village in Empordà where the country houses surrounded by fields contrast with the detached houses typical of the village urban fabric. The project starts by fusing the volume using an existing patio in the first floor and opening a new one in the second, which opens two large spaces in the center of the house: the entrance hall and the swimming pool. Only the main structure and the exterior wall envelope are maintained. The main spatial strategy tends to interconnect the spaces and open them up to the exterior introducing new courtyards and windows. New circulations are added to enhance the labyrinthine character of the house, providing a complexity that paradoxically improves the use of the house. The volumes of stone and white color give a neutral image where the materials play a crucial role in the spatial arrangement. The brown glazed colored tile is the common thread that accompanies the inhabitant generating continuous surfaces that connect different spaces visually.

Project name

Country house

Edition

4
Shortlisted

City

Empordà

Author

Arquitectura-G
Jonathan Arnabat
Jordi Ayala-Bril
Aitor Fuentes
Igor Urdampilleta

Year

2015

Surface area sqm

900

Client

Private

Country

Spain

Cost €

200.000

© Photographer

José Hevia

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