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.


Deep Matter Garden

Deep Matter Garden

This project for a public garden wants to rediscover the deep roots of a place. The area consists on the reclaiming as a public garden of a site where 1,000 years ago used to stand the vineyards of Ariberto, Archbishop of Milan and leading character of the Church of that time. The design consists of three rings, whose shape was suggested by the topography of the site. While giving shape the internal pathways they identify a system of ‘rooms’. The continuous, monolithic, rings are stuck into the ground literally dissecting it with the aim of revealing its historical depth. The surface of the main ring is understood as a ‘one-thousand-years clock’, where black limestone inserts, the same present in local Romanic cathedrals, are combined with other stones, thus recalling the Medieval principle of recycling materials of decayed Roman temples. This project starting from the past, aims to builds a future through the reclaiming of a Cultural Heritage listed site whose importance deserves to be appreciated far beyond local boundaries.


CE-A studio + Carlo Ezechieli
Larchs architettura


Lead Architects: Carlo Ezechieli (CE-A studio) and Emanuele Colombo and Paolo Molteni (Larchs architettura)
Collaborators: Valerio Croci






Capiago Intimiano



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