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 conservation of the house as heritage, single-family houses of Alejandro de la Sota

The conservation of the house as heritage, single-family houses of Alejandro de la Sota

“Form follows function”. An essential property of the architecture of the 20th Century and in particular Alejandro de la Sota´s architecture is that the form is the result of the function, the volume responds to the resolution of the needs of man. Therefore, it is worrying that a high percentage of M.M icon houses have become museums of themselves. Within the framework of the Heritage Conservation of the 20th century, the theme of the single-family dwelling is analyzed and the methodology of preserving the house as heritage and as domestic architecture in use is investigated. The four single-family houses of Sota, Master of Modern Spanish Architecture: Casa Velázquez (1959), Varela (1964), Guzmán (1972) and Domínguez (1976) are chosen as experimental objects. As a result, answers are obtained regarding the possibility of maintaining a house in use safeguarding it as heritage, and as regards the methodology of previous study, essential to any intervention in the houses of the Modern Movement to ensure its conservation as architectural heritage

Project name

The conservation of the house as heritage, single-family houses of Alejandro de la Sota






Teresa Carrau Carbonell








Tuthors: Ignacio Bosch, Alberto Burgos

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Fundación Alejandro de la Sota

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