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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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Iberdrola Tower and Adjacent Housing

“Simple, elegant, ecological and sustainable” is how Argentine architect Cesar PELLI defines his latest project, “The Tower”, deemed to be a new architectural icon in Bilbao. The imposing skyscraper is now the headquarters of the Iberdorla electric company of Basque origin. Making his fame in other high altitude construction feats such as the Petronas Twin Towers in Malaysia, Mr PELLI now brings his expertise to Bilbao.

With construction beginning in 2007, and completion for 2011, the 41 storey Iberdrola Tower has a total area of 500,000 sq. m. and measures 165 metres high. The residential buildings around it were designed by architect Carlos FERRATER (photo Joan Guillamat), with double-glazed ecological glass will offer greater energy efficiency and protection to the interior. A hotel was originally planned to be housed in the upper floors, however, that idea had to be cancelled due to the economic downturn.

Iberdrola’s decision to move one of their headquarters to Bilbao has been a major one for the city and the local economy. This follows the electric company’s plan to locate their work places in emblematic buildings in strategic areas of growing cities. View the article about Torre Iberdrola clicking here.