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.


Civic Centre Cristalleries Planell

Civic Centre Cristalleries Planell

The building makes use of the entire plot, acting as an intrinsic part of the urban landscape, although the triangular shape and the classified façades prevent it from occupying the entire site. The programme is distributed across four levels which are set back from the south-facing heritage facade. The resulting atrium reconciles construction and heritage, improves the natural lighting for the classrooms and provides heat and sound barrier. The ceramic materiality aims to exalt the heritage façade by integrating and not singularizing it. The new and the old are set with similar materials and techniques. This puts them practically on the same level, but in both cases, the building demands are attended: the closing, the reception, the ventilation of the chambers and patios. The materiality is composed of structural meanings. The block of solid glass has been introduced as part of the wall enclosure. This improves the light conditions of the courtyards and provides the façade with a material linked to the memory of Cristalleries Planell.

Project name

Civic Centre Cristalleries Planell






David Lorente Ibáñez
Josep Ricart Ulldemolins
Xavier Ros Majó
Roger Tudó Galí



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Team (Harquitectes): Blai Cabrero Bosch, Montse Fornés Guàrdia, Toni Jiménez Anglès, Berta Romeo, Carla Piñol, Xavier Mallorquí, Andrei Mihalache
Structure: DSM arquitectes
Environmental consulting: ARS Project
Engineering: TDI enginyers

Cost €


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