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.


Neue Nationalgalerie

Neue Nationalgalerie

Completed in 1968, the Neue Nationalgalerie is the only building by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe in Europe after his emigration to the US. The need to extensively repair the reinforced concrete shell and completely renew the technical building services required an in-depth intervention. The building has been refurbished and upgraded to current technical standards with a minimum of visual compromise to the original appearance. Around 35,000 building components were dismantled, restored, modified where necessary and reinstalled in their original positions. The functional and technical upgrades include air-conditioning, artificial lighting, security, visitors’ facilities, such as cloakroom and museum shop, art handling and disabled access. Key to the complex planning process was finding a balance between conservation and the use as a modern museum. Essential interventions had to be reconciled with preserving as much original substance as possible and remain subordinate to the existing design, while discreetly legible as contemporary elements.


David Chipperfield Architects
David Chipperfield


BAL Bauplanungs und Steuerungs GmbH, Pro Denkmal GmbH, GSE Ingenieurgesellschaft mbH Saar, Enseleit und Partner, Ingenieurgesellschaft W33 mbH with Domann Beratende Ingenieure GmbH, Müller-BBM GmbH, Akustik-Ingenieurbüro Moll GmbH, HHP West Beratende Ingenieure GmbH, DS-Plan, Arup Deutschland GmbH, TOPOS Stadtplanung Landschaftsplanung Stadtforschung









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Simon Menges


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