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.


El Tanque Garden: Industrial Heritage and Nature

El Tanque Garden: Industrial Heritage and Nature

El Tanque Garden is the ecological restoration of a post-industrial area, protected heritage since 2014, that endows the Cabo Llanos neighborhood of Santa Cruz de Tenerife with its first green public space. Set around a former oil tank that had been part of the 1st refinery in Spain and reused as a cultural space since 1997, this banana garden recalls the agricultural landscape prior to industrialization, staging the city as the coexistence of different times, cultures and sensibilities to restore a sense of cultural continuity and belonging. Its layout respects the original geometry of the site and the stone wall, while the base of a disappeared adjoining tank, becomes the perimeter of the new plaza. The injured exterior of El Tanque itself and its elements are rehabilitated and integrated into the general rehabilitation concept that combines heritage, nature and reycling. The biodiverse garden contains 700 trees and plants and includes lighting and furniture designed and custom built with waste.


Fernando Menis


Initiative: Association Amigos del Espacio Cultural El Tanque
Team: Jesús Montejano, Javier Espílez, Joanna Makowska-Czerska, Yanira León
Quantity surveyor: Ruperto S. Hernández González
Building services engineer: Prisma Ingenieros Gardening: Interjardín
Graphic design: Cristina Saavedra
Construction: UTE Señalizaciones Villar, Interjardín






Santa Cruz de Tenerife





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© Photographer

Simona Rota



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