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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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Muelle de Abandoibarra

Abandoibarra district, the former site of port activity with its 348,000 sq. m., represents the exaltation of architecture and urban planning, and is undoubtedly the area par excellence of the new Bilbao. The old wharfs, quays and piers gave way to the grassy areas now surrounding Bilbao’s grandiose buildings which provide needed space for rest, relaxation and recreation.

The enlargement of the Super Port and transferring the sea containers away from the River of Bilbao, freed up room for new architectural icons and such emblematic buildings as Frank GEHRY’s Guggenheim Museum, Rafael MONEO’s University of Deusto Library, Alvaro’s SIZA’s Auditorium of the Basque Public University (UPV-EHU) and Cesar PELLI’s Iberdrola Tower.

Urban remodelling of this district began in 1998 following the Master Plan elaborated by urban designer Diana BALMORI, and architects Cesar PELLI and Eugenio AGUINAGA, who explained the importance of Abandoibarra as: “Inevitably, the fundamental lines and features have not varied in successive versions of the plan. To paraphrase Kant: ‘it’s what the city wants to be.”

Diferentes vistas de las zonas verdes de Abandoibarra