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.

AWARDS 6th Edition


Chair, blinds, cords

Chair, blinds, cords

CHAIR, BLINDS, CORDS Commission: - "I'd like to put a chair at the window to poke into birches and poplars, over this precious and longed-for river." Material: - A reed seat and a back specially woven by a retired chair-maker form the neighbourhood, with reed stems coming from the riverbed. It is something that lets us sit and enjoy seeing ourselves immersed in the riverside forest, just like birds do. - Two old wooden blinds that make the stay homelike and give us shelter and shade. - A pair of cords tied as always that let us adjust the light and privacy moving the blinds out of our small viewpoint. And, finally, a light structure of reinforcement steel, very taut and well-tied, it sustains the seat and the back of the chair while holding the tension of the reed stems; where our feet and those of the chair rest; it takes care of the form and the smooth falling of the blinds. Well, in the end we also had to build a balcony!

Project name

Chair, blinds, cords




Santa Pau, Girona


Arnau estudi d'arquitectura
Arnau Vergés i Tejero



Surface area sqm







Jordi Cusidó, Cèlia Espinós

Cost €


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Pep Sau