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.


The Airplane Spot in the Forest

The Airplane Spot in the Forest

This intervention is carried out on the vestiges of a military residence that was never completed due to the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War. In 1936 its construction stopped in the middle of the forest without having even reached the level of the first slab. More than eighty years after its abandonment, we find the traces of some walls that delimited the contour, remains of other buildings added in the eighties and abundant vegetation that camouflaged all these vestiges. It was impossible to relate those fragments of walls scattered across the mountain with the shape of an airplane. Thus, the proposal recovers the historical memory of the place, evoking the rhetoric of the formal conception as the main reason for historical-patrimonial interest and, since it is located within a Natural Park, the proposal also neatly emphasizes the romantic vision of the fusion found between nature and construction. On the one hand, the project reveals the shape of the plane and on the other, it invites the walker to contemplate the place.


Blancafort-Reus Arquitectura
Patricia Reus
Jaume Blancafort


Team: Candy García, Victoria Artés, Contemporary City and Architectural Design R+D+i group, UPCT
Building contractor: INGENIERÍA QUIPONS
Images: Joaquín Zamora (color images & video), MuB foto (black & white images)






Alhama de Murcia



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Original Programme

Military residence



© Photographer

Joaquín Zamora


Modern Architecture

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Total / Integral