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.


Skanderbeg Square

Skanderbeg Square

The green belt around the square is made up of 12 gardens, each of them linked to one or more of the public or private institutions lining the square. The spatial organization of these gardens, as well as their technical aspects, were studied in dialogue with all the main actors of the project over the course of several workshops. The result is a set of contextualized interventions, inviting public and semi-public neighboring functions to spread into the exterior space, thus activating the edge of the central void. In the end, the project has delivered a set of situations ready to be embodied. With boundaries as places, as possible points of connections that generate openness, at once orchestrated and by chance. The goal is that this openness will invite the citizens of Albania to take over, to use the stage as an opportunity to produce themselves. While collaborating on the design, 51N4E and Anri Sala erased the boundaries between disciplines and focused on what it means to make public space.


Anri Sala
Plant en Houtgoed


Freek Persyn, Johan Anrys, Peter Swinnen, Sotiria Kornaropoulou (51N4E)
Anri Sala
Nicolas Vandenplas, Pieter Hollants (Planta en Houtgoed)
Gent Agolli, Guust Selhorst (iRI)
Team: K. Valbona, G. Kuppens, T. Baelus, F.Marc-Achille, P. Nathan, E. Debroise, A. Babini, G. Pons, C. Schmidt, M. Pujol, J. Bergers. (51N4E)
A. Hoxha, A. Rapo, P. Olsi, X.h Shkurti. (iRI)
J. Deseyn, V.Luscomb. (Planta en Houtgoed)
Lighting: Atelier Jeol
Structures: Gentian Lipe
Consultants: Aquafontal & Gatic











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Filip Dujardin