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.


Civic Centre Lleialtat Santsenca

Civic Centre Lleialtat Santsenca

The building consists of three structural bodies: the main one, which houses the two main halls; the central one, with access from the Altafulla street; and the interior one. The precarious hygiene conditions in the existing constructions, besides them being poorly connected, encouraged to propose a large longitudinal void, joining the three volumes and all their spaces – new and old – through a gradual progression, from the more public to the more private spaces. The void results from demolishing the centreline near the party wall, becoming a sort of interior street, emphasized in the second structural volume by enlarging the existing light well. Finally, behind the last structural volume, a triple space wraps up the sequence. The succession of voids configures an atrium limited by ‘new’ facades opposed to the existing party wall, which shows traces of the building’s history. The atrium brings light and air to all spaces, becoming the axis of the horizontal and vertical circulations, and offering new potential for unforeseen programs.


David Lorente Ibáñez
Josep Ricart Ulldemolins
Xavier Ros Majó
Roger Tudó Galí


Team (Harquitectes): Montse Fornés, Berta Romeo, Jordi Mitjans, Carla Piñol, Jorge Suárez Kilzi
Environmental consulting: Societat Orgànica
Structure: DSM arquitectes
Installations: VIDAL enginyeria
Acoustics: i2A
Quantity surveyor: Aumedes DAP
Façade restoration: Chroma
Audiovisual installation: ESITEC









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Adrià Goula