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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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Bilbao La Vieja

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Compared with the districts of Abandoibarra or Casco Viejo, the process of renovation arrived somewhat later in Bilbao la Vieja district of Old Bilbao. However, much more than any other place in the city this colourful and lively neighbourhood is a multiethnic melting pot of all ages and walks of life, with over 100 different languages spoken here thanks to the steady flow of immigration Bilbao has witnessed in recent years. In Bilbao La Vieja artists and art conservationists set up shop alongside goldsmiths, Moroccan restaurants, healthcare centres, convents and night clubs.

In addition, the neighbourhood’s artistic expression gives it the freedom to turn La Merced Church, for example, into Bilborock Music Centre, with multiuse rooms and rehearsal studios all under one roof. There is also Bilbao Arte on Urazurrutia Street, with its exhibition rooms to display their work. This municipal art workshop is aimed at promoting and offering training to young and aspiring artists.

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The Municipal Civic Centres on La Cantera and Conde de Mirasol Streets respectively, have been completely renovated in conjunction with the La Cantera Square. Indeed, local residents have been enjoying a wide range of services and a pleasant recreation area since 2005. Further to these improvements, the 2004-2005 academic year saw the inauguration of a student residence on Las Cortes Street to bring more young people and culture to the neighbourhood.

Without a doubt, urban renewal here has had significant psychological and social impact on the area, best appreciated in the widening of the previously narrow Cantalojas Bridge, which spans the rail classification yard. The resulting esplanade has breathed new life into this district, highlighted by an original sculpture called La Exorcista. Sculptor Manuel VALDES collaborated with Mario VARGAS LLOSA, the Peruvian writer and Nobel Prize laureate, who penned a poem especially for the occasion. Onlookers see a depiction of a woman’s head talking to them via a poem forged into this bronze work in the manner of “talking sculptures”.

Exorcista. Mario Vargas Llosa. Puente Cantalojas

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