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.


Factory Cultural, Creative Industries Incubator

Factory Cultural, Creative Industries Incubator

Located in Matadero Madrid, Factoria is a reversible adaptation, fully respecting this listed industrial heritage site, while housing a creative industries incubator. With sustainable wood and polycarbonate, we built a vacuum-packed, 105-eur/m2 space, adaptable to the multitude of situations the client asked for. Three volumes near the entrance organize the space, folding and compressing the circulations around it. This creates a gradient, from compact to expansive, from busy to silent, that helps achieve variety in the workspace. To lodge the needed 120 workspaces in a 340 sq. m. floor area, we used the cheapest pine lumber from certified local forests, all in the same standard size, which simplified the supply and construction of the structure; and multi-wall polycarbonate, lightweight, in large sheets, which allowed for the walls to be finished in one day. The lamps were made from the waste wood of the main structure, to which LED strips were attached and supported without the need to drill the existing columns.


Office for Strategic Spaces
Angel Borrego Cubero


Structure: MOZ
Builder: Dulsberg SL
Client: Factoria Cultural











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