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.


Oliva Artés Museum

Oliva Artés Museum

The Oliva Artés industrial building was to be demolished in 2008 to make way for the new Poble Nou Central Park, which was to cut off the historic Pere IV street's continuity to which the building is intimately linked. A few days before the entrance of the excavators, a neighbourhood association, dedicated to the industrial heritage of Poble Nou, convinced the town council of the need to preserve the building, which was in a state of structural ruin. The original project was born out of a competition held in '09 and aimed to preserve the building's very particular character, especially the richness of its interior space since the exterior had always been surrounded by outbuildings. We added the very minimum, built in a single gold material, which brings a new layer to the ensemble. The austerity immediately following the drafting of the first project led to its fragmentation into different phases, which forced us to strip the proposal of everything not strictly necessary, giving the building a simplicity that enhances the existing architecture


BAAS arquitectura
Jordi Badia


Team: Jero Gutiérrez, Victoria Llinares, Carla Llaudó, Carles Figuerola, Antoni Garcés, Kino Coronas, Xavier Gracia, Mercè Mundet, Mariona Guàrdia, Cristina Anglès, Eva Damià











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Gregori Civera