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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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Bilbao Maritime Museum

Museo Marítimo de Bilbao. Exterior

Opening its doors in 2001, the Bilbao Maritime Museum is hidden under the Euskalduna roundabout, next to the bridge of the same name, surprising all who enter. It was the engineering company Sener who was commissioned with devising the optimum use of the space. The result is an almost invisible building under the road, and which joins the Sagrado Corazon (Sacred Heart) area with Deusto. The two-storied building has sloping ceilings and the columns appear to be bearing the weight of the Euskalduna roundabout.

At the front of the museum, near its entrance, stands the Karola crane. It was used for many years by the shipyards, now remaining intact and impassive on the edge of the River, a vestige of days gone by.

Bilboko Itsas Museoa. Barnealdea