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.


Aljibes Viewpoint Space

Aljibes Viewpoint Space

TIMES AND TEXTURES About the place The demolition of a house in the historic centre of Álora, created a urban void with views, through an archaeological industrial space and through the Arab castle. During the excavations, appeared storerooms keeping seventeen semi buried jars built during the XVI century. About the project We propose a travel across the void, historical legacy of textures, materials, spaces and views, in order to understand a historical period of the city. We recovered the façade line thanks to a thick white brick wall. On the street, a spyhole shows a view of the castle. After a narrow entrance, the space is activated thanks to a metallic runway built with overlapping pieces and transparencies as a viewpoint towards the horizon. The handrail includes texts that point out landscape milestones. The veranda is filter, strip that guides the visitor. Downstairs, thanks to a light stair as a floating carpet, the traveller crosses a window in order to discover the store rooms, heart of an ancient typology of a small industry.


WaterScales arquitectos
Carmen Barrós Velázquez
Francisco del Corral del Campo


Quantity surveyor: Fernando Casquero Lacort
Engineering: Jesús Hernández Martí
Developer: Ayuntamiento de Álora
Assistants: Elena Rodríguez Rodríguez, Marta Gragera Caballero, Laura Postigo Fliquete, Sofía Gómez Ramírez. Architects
Builder: IM Instalaciones y obras
Historical assistance: Museo Arqueológico Municipal de Álora (María José Sánchez Rodríguez)









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Fernando Alda Calvo



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