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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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The Basque Government and Bilbao City Council launch the bridge linking San Ignacio with Zorrotzaurre

Work by Enrique Elkoroberezibar and Sergio Saiz, of LKS Engineering Company.

The bridge will be 75 metres long, without supports in the riverbed, and its board will be 28 metres long with the following distribution: 6.7 of roadway for two traffic lanes, 7.0 for two exclusive bus lanes, 2.5 for a bycicle lane and 8.8 for the two sidewalks, 4.4 metres each.

The design was made based on two symmetrical white arches that start from the runway under the board and gently rise above it to a maximum height of 3 metres. The railings are glass securit type without posts and finished with a wavy-shaped handrail that invites to rest and recreate in the contemplation of the Estuary. Both elements give the bridge a sober and elegant design that, in turn, will give a feeling of lightness and the bridge will be perceived as a lightweight object resting on solid concrete braces.

The main construction material is steel. The sidewalks will have a synthetic grey wood flooring and the bycicle lane will be made with a reddish microagglomeration. For general lighting two columns, 12 metres each, have been desgined, located on both sides of the bridge. In addition,a specific lighting for the arches has been planned.