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.


Two Houses

Two Houses

The Two Houses research project at Bauhaus-Universität Weimar focuses on the interaction between the Bauhaus and Japan, based on two houses in the suburbs of Tokyo – Migishi Atelier and Bunzo Yamaguchi House. Both houses were designed in the 1930s and 40s by Japanese architect Iwao Yamawaki, a student at the Bauhaus in Dessau, and Bunzo Yamaguchi, who worked in Walter Gropius' practice at that time, and are still privately owned today. The film Two Houses documents the buildings’ architecture and tells the story of their inhabitants, providing glimpses of life in and with the buildings. It is accompanied by the publication Two Houses – Texts which includes interviews with Helena Čapková, Terunobu Fujimori, Taishi Watanabe and Yoshiharu Tsukamoto as well as texts and images from the film and drawings of the houses in different stages. A starting point for a debate about domestic architecture, common heritage and speculations about the future home?


Verena von Beckerath


Team: Niklas Fanelsa, Momoko Yasaka, Maximilian von Zepelin in cooperation with Jens Franke











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Jens Franke