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.


Landscape and chapel of Jorba Castle

Landscape and chapel of Jorba Castle

The project responds to phase two of the Master Plan for Jorba Castle (2015). The archaeological excavation process revealed a small 12th century chapel of 60 m2, comprising three 4m walls with a series of decorative elements from the 16th century. This discovery brings a new approach to the project, proposing a landscape itinerary through the first two phases of the castle’s history and ending inside the chapel. The project addresses this discovery and proposes covering the space to keep it dry and allow future archaeological work. The roof is a lightweight laminated timber structure with polycarbonate sheets to enhance natural lighting. Difficult access and the irregular geometry of the walls make it impossible to work with prefabricated elements, leading to the choice of a lightweight construction system built on site. Stones and soil from the archaeological excavation were reused to form a cyclopean concrete wall, that retains and guarantees the stability of the upper terrace, and the soil was used to pave the enclosure.

Project name

Landscape and chapel of Jorba Castle




Jorba, Barcelona


Carles Enrich Studio
Carles Enrich Giménez



Surface area sqm





Team: César Jiménez, Adriana Campmany
Archaeology: Mireia Sabaté (Arqueovitis)
Structure: BBG

Cost €


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Adrià Goula

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