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.


Ilha da Bela Vista

Ilha da Bela Vista

"Ilha", a model that originated in the 18th c. and with a great push from the mid 19th c. with the Industrial Revolution and the progress of the rural world to cities, has a positive contribution to a vision of the future of the contemporary city. If the paradigm of the city of the future is for an intense one, because it makes sense, then, for it to be sustainable, it must be green, clean, close, mixed both socially and functionally. The island is a model that can correspond to the perfection of its urban profile, indicating its own identity, not indifferent, potentiating proximity, compact, strict in the resources. Porto cannot waste the urban model of the islands, that is, the promotion of those that are worth recovering, as well as replicate and elaborate the model in future new interventions. The approach to the Project is based on the privilege of having lived for almost two years in BelaVista. More than an external view of the problem, this intense experience allowed us to add another perspective of proximity and belonging to the place.


Cerejeira Fontes Architects


Author Architects: António Jorge Cerejeira Fontes, André Cerejeira Fontes
Author Anthropologist: Fernado Matos Rodrigues
Team: António Dias, Bruno Marques, Nuno Cruz, Duarte Vilaça, Cristóvão Piairo, Sónia Sousa, Mafalda Ribeiro
Engineers: Layout – Engenharia e Serviços, Lda. COTEFIS – Gestão de Projectos, SA.
Construction Company: TPS – Teixeira Pinto Soares, SA.


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