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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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Renovating older buildings

The Alhóndiga

Exterior y atrio

Ricardo BASTIDA hit a milestone in 1905 when he successfully combined industrial architecture with an elegant design for a building in Ensanche district. A hundred years later, architect Philippe STARK converted the old wine warehouse into a cultural and leisure centre.

Inaugurated in 2010, the complex consists of three buildings and two semi-basements housing services such as: an exhibition hall, multiplex cinemas, and an innovative multimedia library. The roof hides the swimming pool area with a diaphanous glazed floor and solarium. There is also an underground car park for 900 cars, along with specialised retailers on the premises.

Today’s Alhóndiga is radically different from the original warehouse of a century ago, although the façade has been left intact in every detail to everyone’s delight.

sala de exposiciones, columnas, piscina

Another of the striking features surprising visitors to the new building is the columns in the spectacular central atrium of the building, depicting various cultures and historical milestones. The work of prestigious Italian scenographer Lorenzo BARALDI, who employs a diverse variety of materials such as: marble, bronze, wood, steel, glazed terracotta, cement and/or Milkstone. Measuring three metres high with diameters ranging from 1.5 to 1.7 m., each column can weigh anywhere from 700 kg for the steel columns, to 7,000 kg the marble columns.

Undoubtedly, the large crowds of people attracted to the facilities is the greatest mark of success of this highly functional work of art.

Timelapse Alhóndiga Bilbao, winner of Atrio Projects, from Enrique Rey.