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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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Memory Lane – Sculptures in Abandoibarra

Variante Ovoide y Sitios y Lugares. Esculturas en Abandoibarra

The Memory Lane sculpture collection is found in Ribera Park, a reminder of the vitality of the area’s industrial past.

Opposite Bilbao City Hall is Jorge OTEIZA’s melted bronze figure “Variante ovoide de la desocupación de la esfera”. Continuing along the Ensanche area of Abandoibarra district, these other sculptures continue to remind us of the city’s industrial past: Angel GARRAZA’s “Sitios y Lugares” (Sites and Places) and Jose ZUGASTI’s “A la deriva” (Adrift). Next to the Guggenheim Museum, we find Louise BOURGEOIS’ famous giant spider, christened “Maman”.

The street lights with square bases made of glass on one side while the other side is covered with rusting iron, along with the long row of palm trees, give Abandoibarra a futuristic feel. The sections of wood on the ground give a pier type structure to the river bank, making passers-by feel closer to the River, both physically and psychologically.

A la deriva, Mama, Farolas Abandoibarra

Finally, next to the Guggenheim Museum is a 26,400 sq. m. park known as La Campa de los ingleses. The park, which ties together the various architectural elements of Abandoibarra, gets its name from English port workers who used to kick a ball around in this very place. Later the game of football caught on and the rest is history.

Campa de los Ingleses

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