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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Can Sau. Emergency Scenery

Can Sau. Emergency Scenery

Demolition continues in the old district of Olot. For many reasons, but always with the same consequences: loss of urbanity, disfigurement of the street, destruction of the ordinary streetscape. Half of Can Sau, tangential to the Tura shrine, was affected by road alignment needs. The rest of the plot, presided over by a common wall and four staggered buttresses, was empty. Emergency scenery was built with hollow brick, following the lines suggested by the buttresses, revealing traces of former inhabitants' homes visible on the common wall peeking through in the background. A construction with three vaults and four niches has created a public space by way of a porous façade, with several isolated steps. It is an unfinished and adaptable structure. Visual artist Quim Domene did subsequent work with the niches, employing allegorical features to highlight the history of the neighbourhood. The church of Tura, squeezed between narrow lanes, has now gained a public space to the side, presided over by the bricked-up door of the former temple.

Project name

Can Sau. Emergency Scenery




Olot, Girona


Quim Domene



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Lead architects: Eduard Callís and Guillem Moliner
Team: Clàudia Calvet, Xevi Rodeja, Sara Palmada and Sergi Jiménez.
Structural Designer: Amaia López

Cost €


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José Hevia