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.


Museum of Ethnology of Barcelona

Museum of Ethnology of Barcelona

From the reading and comprehension of the different physical conditions (situation, orientation, solar exposure…) the proposal aims to reorganize and optimize the building and its uses, by recovering the material and structural essence of the original project, increasing the dialogue between the museum, its environment and the city. Preexisting geometry and its structural layout are understood as one of the main characteristics of the building. These have been altered and distorted by an addition of elements that have been accumulated by decanting over time. In this sense, the proposal recovers the open-plan that the building poses with the grid of concrete pillars, ordered according to the geometry of the hexagon, as well as the three interior courtyards, that articulate the space and exhibition program. A reform of the Ethnological Museum of Barcelona that recovers and strengthens the original conditions, dilutes the boundaries between the parts and facilitates the coexistence and the dialogue between contents, programs and spaces in time.


estudi d'arquitectura toni gironès
Toni Gironès Saderra


Quantity surveyor: Albert Brufau (Brufau i Cusó)
Installations: Oriol Vidal (Oriol Vidal enginyeria consultoria)
Construction: Assignia infraestructuras (phase 1);Arcadi Pla (phase 2) and Alfa obres i serveis (phase 3)
Consruction management: Valeri consultors (phase 1)









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