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Bilbao today is a prime example of urban restructuring, having transitioned from an industrial city to a city of services and culture.

Discover the urban evolution of Bilbao visually and intuitively by taking a historical look at the most relevant projects undertaken in the process.


In project

Bilbao's transformation has no start and end date, but rather is an ongoing process.

Learn about the projects that will become the new landmarks to consolidate Bilbao as a leading city in urban planning and architecture.


New constructions

For some time now, Bilbao has been unveiling significant urban and architectural novelties.

This section will provide full detail of recent endeavours which are already a part of the New Bilbao.


Heritage buildings

Bilbao has taken great pains to preserve its heritage as much as possible, making renovating and preserving Bilbao's historic buildings a key aspect to combining the new architecture with that of inspired artists of yesteryear.



Modern architecture has raised twenty-first century Bilbao off the ground. As great national and international architects -many of them recipients of the prestigious Pritzker Architecture Prize- left their mark in the form of modern works of art.The city's commitment to world-class architecture is self-evident and has been successful.




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The beginnings: Airport and Superport

Bilbao Airport

airport's situation map

On 19th November 2000 during the inauguration of La Paloma, the Bilbao International Airport, architect Santiago CALATRAVA announced that the new terminal was “a message of love to Baskland”.

White and very expressive, Bilbao International Airport is a gigantic three storey block of steel and glass with a sharp silhouette expressing the idea of flight and the leap that the metropolitan area had begun to take.

Control Tower and check-in area

At a cost of €90 million, the complex consists of the terminal and a 3,000 vehicle car park, concealed beneath a grassy slope. The 7,000 sq. m. departure lounge handles up to 3,000 passengers at peak times and four million per year, figures which make the old terminal at Sondika look even smaller.

In a few short years, the influx of passengers to Bilbao has multiplied, requiring an enlargement of the airport to increase capacity to eight million passengers. New aircraft parking bays and a new general services building, along a new passport control area and a new electrical power station are all to be built.

"La Paloma"

With the addition of new two docks at the sides of the Terminal, the airport will gain 25,000 sq. m. of usable space, allowing for 5 new fingers, 4 remote controlled access doors, 12 check-in disks, 3 automatic check-in points and 2 more baggage conveyor belts. The shopping area, office space and security filters will also grow, while the airport waiting area will be enclosed. Furthermore, the project designed by architect Oscar CASELLES, includes a new car park with 3,500 parking spaces, effectively increasing parking capacity by well over 100%, and the installation of the modern International Landing System (ILS) which will reduce delays due to poor visibility.