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. Read more

Reasons for and elements of the transformation

The plan for the urban regeneration of the capital city of Bizkaia, Bilbao, was not conceived as a mere decorative improvement. Bilbao’s economic activity underwent an imperative change, and this led to an exponential transformation, notably altering the look and the feel of the city today. Read more

The beginnings: Airport and Superport

The urban reorganisation of Bilbao began at its two geographical extremes, Bilbao Airport and Bilbao Superport, the two great infrastructure projects which opened the doors to the conception toward a new metropolis. The city was opening up to the world to spur change inward. Read more

Metro Bilbao

By November 1995, Metro Bilbao had begun to truly roll. The Metro was planned from start to end to be a world-class, innovative and unique service. By combining symbolism and functionality, British architect Norman FOSTER brought into existence an exquisite, highly original, simple and efficient project. It is indeed the most appreciated project realized by the residents of Bilbao. Read more

The Tram returns to Bilbao

In 2004, Line 1 was completed, which runs from the heart of Old Bilbao, Atxuri, to Basurto Hospital travelling along the river bank, through Abandoibarra, past the Guggenheim Museum and the Euskalduna Conference Centre. It is a fun and functional means of transport that traverses the city centre in a sustainable fashion. Read more