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.


Casa Luz, an old townhouse

Casa Luz, an old townhouse

The project consists of a complete remodel of an old townhouse in Extremadura just keeping the retained rough-textured existing façades and the dividing walls. The programme is divided into four identical size spaces, which rise around a courtyard. There is a living room, a kitchen and two bedrooms with a bathroom each. Choosing a deciduous tree guarantees us a shadow in the hottest season, while in winter lets in the sun to heat and light the rooms. It also works as a visual filter between spaces. The ground floor is a free plan suitable for many uses, without heating either air-conditioning but connected with the garden at the back. The work shows its pure materiality and deliberately contrasts with irregular textures of rammed-earth and stone, which have been whitewashed. It has sought an atmosphere where the red color of the ceramic and the intense green birch predominate. The ceramic material itself gives us the desired texture and warm color, so paintings or false ceilings were unnecessary.

Project name

Casa Luz, an old townhouse




Cilleros, Extremadura


Jonathan Arnabat
Jordi Ayala-Bril
Aitor Fuentes
Igor Urdampilleta



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Structure consultant: Toni Casas
Constructor: Construcciones Alsan

Cost €


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José Hevia

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