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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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BEC | Bilbao Exhibition Centre

Bizkaia Arena

Bilbao is growing beyond its traditional boundaries. Bilbao Exhibition Centre (BEC) has been the new exhibition centre for Bilbao, Bizkaia and Euskadi since 2004. Although the BEC is in Barakaldo, it is undeniable evidence of the renovation both Bilbao and the Greater Metropolitan area.

At a total cost of €440 million, construction of this 251,055 sq. m. building was jointly projected and managed by the Basque engineering firms, Idom and Sener.

The Bizkaia Arana Pavilion, one of six pavilions, was designed on an open-plan space without any columns or physical barriers with a capacity of over 20,000 people.

Provincial Government of Bizkaia, Basque Government, Barakaldo City Hall, Chamber of Commerce of Bilbao and Bilbao City Hall all joined forces as partners of the BEC to ensure the new exhibition centre would offer more possibilities than the old exhibition hall in Bilbao. The 98 m. high BEC tower stands ostentatiously on the left bank, an area which has presented no problems in accompanying Bilbao’s architectural development.


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