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.

AWARDS 6th Edition


Path along Igualada's old gypsum mines

Path along Igualada's old gypsum mines

There are two principal objectives: better connectivity, to ensure the continuity of the city-scale project, and the recovering of the landscape and biodiversity. A typical section with three differentiated strips is created to adapt the proposal to different situations: The central strip, with the main 3-meters-wide granitic-sand track, guarantees the continuity of the Green Ring. The outer strip is a linear lookout overlooking the city. A 1.2-meter-wide track paved with concrete to ensure the accessibility and using luminescent aggregate to improve visibility during the evening. The layout of this linear scenic viewpoint recognizes the principal existing landmarks, vegetation and trees by widening and creating rest areas. The inner strip acts as a plant ditch, to channel runoff and generate a safety strip to stop minor landslips. These same fallen rocks are used to build a sequence of retaining areas to filter and rechannel this water to new points where vegetation has been planted to colonize the place.

Project name

Path along Igualada's old gypsum mines






Enric Batlle
Iván Sánchez
Joan Roig



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Architect coordinator of the project: Mario Súñer
Architect and landscape architect: Livia Valentini
Agricultural and landscape technical engineer: Dolors Feu
Agricultural technical engineer and ambientologist: Yago Cavaller
Technical engineer and landscape architect: Diana Calicó

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Jordi Surroca, Gael del Rio