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.


Medieval Mile museum

Medieval Mile museum

St Mary’s Church Museum grows out of the character of the original church- without seeking to resolve the enigma of age. The church was taken ‘as found’. A hole in the ceiling was left in situ, revealing roof timberwork. A wall separating the Monument Room was cut down. The floor was renewed in Kilkenny limestone with glass sections to display archaeology. The interior was a careful calculation of color & material. New work built on the historical consciousness of the place. Archaeology was used as a generator of ideas. To add necessary space, low walls of demolished areas were used as foundations for new extensions, reconstructing the North aisle & chancel to the original plan but a different materiality in lead- used for its weight, density & color; it had affinities with stone, varied when wet & in sunlight, but had a malleable quality, an intensity of detail unlike original masonry. The new elements restore the spatial complexity of the original building & release a dynamic series of fixed & moving views through windows, screens & arches.


McCullough Mulvin Architects
Valerie Mulvin
Ruth O'Herlihy
Corán O'Connor
Ronan O'Connor
Niall McCullough


Structure: O'Connor Sutton Cronin
Building systems: McArdle McSweeney & Associates
Archaelogical Projects: Claire Walsh






Kilkenny City



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Christian Richters