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.

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Tower of Santa Maria Magdalena's church

Tower of Santa Maria Magdalena's church

The project undertakes the restoration of the tower with the aim of realigning its value and characteristics with its monumental condition. The tower is recovered, but also it is transformed into a vertical showroom and a viewpoint, thanks to the installation of a fixed staircase which represents the newest aspect and most significant architectural input regarding the previous situation, allowing the access to the last levels. With the provided new use, another fresh point of view appears: although historically, just the outside of the tower was admired, now it will be possible too to behold and enjoy the inside. Also, the option of reaching the highest levels makes possible the exit to the gallery, allowing visitors to enjoy a privileged view of the Castilian landscape. The bricks, the lime mortar and specially the elm wood are representative elements of the traditional local building techniques; furthermore, the use of alabaster is symbolically related to Santa Maria Magdalena’s cup.

Project name

Tower of Santa Maria Magdalena's church

Edition

5
Special Mention Restoration

City

Matapozuelos, Valladolid

Author

Pedro Rodríguez Cantalapiedra

Year

2014

Surface area sqm

392,74

Country

Spain

Collaborators

Quantity surveyor: Alfonso Burgueño Rioja

Cost €

368712,72

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