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.


Ermita del Pla de Sant Joan park

Ermita del Pla de Sant Joan park

This park in Pla de Sant Joan has a Mediterranean landscape, which is usually dry and has a highly varied landscape of plants: sclerophyllous woodland, pine forests, maquis shrubland, garigues, etc. This area contains plenty of archaeological and architectural features: dry stone huts for tools, the Romanesque chapel of Sant Joan del Pla, and dry stone walls. Although they are not listed as architectural heritage items, the dry stone walls are outstanding due to their size and their integration into the landscape. The project, which was extremely environmentally friendly, consisted of: – Cleaning the forest to emphasize and highlight exemplary trees and shrubs that are currently subject to invasion from other species. – Providing meeting and rest areas, taking advantage of the shade of a tree, or major views. – Laying out the paths providing access to the Park, using the solid earth technique, with the existing terrain. – The recovery of the dry stone walls, to enhance the space that these elements have created in the forest.

Project name

Ermita del Pla de Sant Joan park




La Palma de Cervelló, Barcelona


AMB (Barcelona Metropolitan Area)
Xavier Nogués de Haro



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Team AMB: Cristina Sáez (architect), Joan Roca (públic works engineer), Jordi Bardolet (agricultural engineer), Olga Salve (architecture student), Mina Sanatgar (architecture student).



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María José Reyes

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