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.


Dirk and the Chocolate Factory

Dirk and the Chocolate Factory

In La Bisbal, on a block from the late nineteenth century there is a former chocolate factory. It is a three-floor structure with a stone-bearing facade, each floor made using a different technique. The project adapts what was initially an industrial building to a studio and housing space for a family that values the character of the original building.The project therefore proposes a solution that allows for the enjoyment of the original diaphanous spaces, while introducing small modifications and solutions that grant sight of the three ceilings, despite the new space distribution that requires smaller spaces. The original staircase is preserved, and a new staircase is added. In this way, the owner’s different members of the family can enjoy a part of the house with a good level of privacy and autonomy. Taking into account the fantastic Mediterranean climate of the Empordà, the outdoor spaces are adapted to the new use, with a small pool in the center of the patio surrounded by the new leisure uses.

Project name

Dirk and the Chocolate Factory




La Bisbal d'Empordà, Girona


Anna & Eugeni Bach
Anna Bach
Eugeni Bach



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Team: Charline Boks

Cost €


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Eugeni Bach

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