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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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Archivo Histórico de Euskadi

Location: Bilbao, Bizkaia
Author: Idom / ACXT
Architect and Project Manager: Goanzalo Carro
Photographs: Aitor Ortiz
An area of 8,550 square metres approximately
Date of execution of the work: 11/2009 – 06/2013

The History Archive of Euskadi has been built on the site presently occupied by the Vesga Building, at 3 Maria Diaz de Haro Street in Bilbao.

Measuring 20 m. in width between dividing walls, and with the site being located on quite a long street, the decision was taken to augment the perception of the building by means of a bent glass wavy façade to accentuate its position and break up the face flatness of the rest of the street.

Aside from the optimum conservation of documents and archives, one of the prime objectives of the project was to design a building that is all inviting and all inclusive of the public. This intent is distinctly manifest both in the building’s entrance and in the main façade on Maria Diaz de Haro Street.

The spacious lobby without columns welcomes one to step in, or even to stop momentarily in front of the building without the feeling of being hurried on. This an especially significant point when considering just how narrow the pavement is for pedestrians walking up or down this street. The projected entrance to the building is a continuation of the urban area, joining the street-side exterior to the public area of the building and the block courtyard garden.