Urban Surgery

Moving the railway tracks underground was a key step in regaining urban surface space, making it possible to develop the districts of Abandoibarra, Ametzola, and more recently, the Basurto district as far as Rekalde. Hence, one could certainly speak of urban surgery, since entire areas have been dissected with the goal of providing a greater degree of mobility for leisure and social activities. Read more

Guggenheim Bilbao Museum: the emblem

Mr Gehry did not only create a museum, he brought to Bilbao the embryo of architectural revolution as a shining example around the world. Today, Bilbao is no longer home to the Guggenheim, but rather the Guggenheim is at home in Bilbao. The city has got over the fame of the Museum by now and has appropriated all that added value: Bilbao has come of age. Read more


Abandoibarra district, the former site of port activity with its 348,000 sq. m., represents the exaltation of architecture and urban planning, and is undoubtedly the area par excellence of the new Bilbao. The enlargement of the Super Port and transferring the sea containers away from the River of Bilbao, freed up room for new architectural icons. Read more

The transformation of Ensanche and surrounds

Looking beyond the Abandoibarra area, the transformation of Bilbao is manifest in the work carried out in the Ensanche district, home to unique new constructions at the service of both the city and its people. Read more

Renovating older buildings

Considerable effort has been spent on the recovery of some of the city’s historic buildings aimed at preserving their most noteworthy features. Bilbao remains proud of its heritage whilst looking to the future. Read more