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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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Zubiarte Shopping Centre

Centro Comercial Zubiarte

Opening in 2004, the shopping centre’s commercial activity has been an injection of new energy to the area. It stands next to the Deusto Bridge where the Euskalduna shipyard used to exist.

American architect, Robert Stern, understood that this was not going to be any ordinary shopping centre. Due to its location, it should be a very urban building, very much part of the city and easily accessed by pedestrians. The “streets” inside run from one end to the other and become extensions of the city streets outside.

With an overall semicircular shape, Zubiarte is divided into six buildings linked by overhead walkways. Built on a slope, the four floor, 22,000 sq. m. complex is organised into floors for commerce and others for leisure activities, with underground car park for 850 vehicles. To top it off, the roof is covered by a huge skylight which provides light and a greater sense of being outdoors.

Zubiarte intends to be in line with the avant-garde architecture of the Guggenheim Museum and of the Euskalduna Conference Centre while combining traditional building materials from the Ensanche district of Bilbao. Although, it is easy to distinguish the facing bricks and natural stone, that same density of construction is softened by glassed-in areas, windows and patios.

The total cost of construction was €115 million, with initial estimated projections were for €94 million in annual sales and 9 million annual visitors.