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.


Innovation Powerhouse

Innovation Powerhouse

The former power plant of Philips in Eindhoven is transformed into the multi-tenant Innovation Powerhouse. A transformation from a brute, raw and heavy industrial complex -in size and volume completely unsuitable for offices- into a comfortable, breathing, spacious, fresh and innovative work environment. The points of departure were to maintain the building’s architectural qualities and to incorporate this vision of an open environment for innovation. To create a vibrant center where all inhabitants can meet, the architects created a clear-cut backbone in the building, which clusters all activity and forms the heart of the building. Inspired by the original plans, the architects added a steel vertical garden to the central high-rise, completing the originally intended symmetry of the building. The symmetry is finished by a glass extension at the back of the building. Other interventions are kept subtle, to highlight and strengthen the monumental industrial character of the building.

Project name

Innovation Powerhouse






Atelier van Berlo
Eugelink Architectuur
De Bever Architecten



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Structural engineer: Van de Laar
Installation engineer: Kemtec B.V.
Contractor: GeVa Vastgoed

Cost €


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Tycho Merijn

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