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.


Rural complex of "Torre Cappa"

Rural complex of "Torre Cappa"

The intervention combines restoration and contemporary design actions. The new extensions of the historical dwellings (a rural two-storey tower with a short-distance group of three “trulli”) are the completion of the improvement process of the entire site, characterized by many typical anthropic marks: the dry-stone walls, the plantation of mostly secular olive trees, both big and small elements of the agricultural life. The new buildings are pure volumes with thick tufa walls, in which technical aspects and bioclimatic principles almost completely coincide with formal, spatial and aesthetic aspects like in rural traditional buildings. Their façades are extremely simple pursuing an aesthetic and architectural integration with the characters of the context. The new volume connected to the trullo presents an extrados barrel vault. The pre-existing buildings are preserved with their spatial and material integrity. This intervention wants to create a symbiotic organism living the rural environment in harmony with historical heritage.

Project name

Rural complex of "Torre Cappa"




Putignano, Bari, Apulia


ReD architetti
Luigi Dragone
Hilde G. T. Romanazzi



Surface area sqm





Giuseppe Romanazzi

Cost €


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Luigi Dragone

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