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.


Archaeological remains of the ancient Roman Theater of Tárraco

Archaeological remains of the ancient Roman Theater of Tárraco

The archaeological remains of the ancient Theater of Tárraco were discovered in 1885 at the limit where the Roman wall followed the original topography. Along the XX century, important transformations in the site, have built a new contemporary condition as sediment of time and matter. Transforming a large urban vacuum of 6000m2 into a new crossable public space is the aim of the successive phases of action. In this first, the construction of a corrugated steel rod structure complemented by a horizontal plane of sand draws the guidelines and generatrixes that activate in geometry and scale part of the remains of the ancient Roman “cavea”. The classic idea of semi-panoramic vision vanishes. The centrality moves, the symmetry disappears. The stage expands, the boundaries start to blur. Now, the different elements come into the game, and as gear, the story and the performance are ordered, offering endless versions according to the new actors and their looks that, little by little, will harmonize with the weight and pass of time.

Project name

Archaeological remains of the ancient Roman Theater of Tárraco






estudi d'arquitectura toni gironès
Toni Gironès Saderra



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Team: Dani Rebugent (2013-18), Henry Mezini (2015), Albert Font and Miguel Saludas (2016), Dani Messeguer (2017), Miriam Fuster, Carlos Lope and Federic Barraco (2018), Uxue Jauregi (Panels 2019)
Structure: LACONCET (Ramón Cestero)
Engineer: Masala Constructors
Construction manager: Josep Lluís Garriga
Contractor: Constècnia

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