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.




The book is about KANAL, a new kind of cultural institution housed in a 49,000 m2 landmark building which will be one of the largest cultural venues in Europe, home to all forms of creativity – the visual arts, dance, drama, film, literature, music, architecture and more. The volume describes how ideas that question the meaning of art institutions and the conventions of architectural practice were developed from the competition stage, the process of trusting what is there, engaging in discussions with critical friends and finding meaningful connections to the local community. Photographs, visualisations and drawings record the building ‘as found’ and its proposed transformation, while contributions by Atelier KANAL partners, collaborators and critical friends reflect on the project’s challenges and opportunities, and their hopes for its future as it takes shape. Like the project, the book is based on a spirit of exchange and collaboration that extends to a wide range of voices and opinions and celebrates co-authorship.


Atelier KANAL


Concept: Atelier KANAL partners
Editors: Stephen Bates, An Fonteyne
Book design: JANE.studio
Coordinator: Francesca Martellono
Copy editor: Marina Aldrovandi
Printers: Pureprint Group








United Kingdom





© Photographer

Francesca Martellono