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The Alhóndiga de Bilbao is one of the most symbolic buildings in the city. It was inaugurated in 1909 as a wine warehouse, although nowadays is used as a center of leisure and culture.
The building was built in the widening area of the town of Bilbao with a modernist style, creating a large industrial building, functional and very advanced for the time.
Today the Alhóndiga in Bilbao is a meeting place where you can enjoy cultural, leisure and sports proposals.
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The Alhóndiga was integrated as an element with the vocation of constituting the new city and in 1999 it was declared “Asset of Cultural Interest” by the Basque Government.
On March 16, 2015, the Alhóndiga was renamed Azkuna Zentroa, as a tribute to Iñaki Azkuna, former mayor of Bilbao.
A space where visitors can enjoy exhibitions, concerts, conferences, reading area, children’s workshops, different physical activities, 8 cinemas, shops, restaurants and underground parking to make the visit more comfortable.
The Alhóndiga in Bilbao has become one of the tourist attractions to see in Bilbao.
|Start of the bulding||1905|
|Architects / Artists||Original construction by Ricardo Bastida, remodeled by Philippe Starck (2004 – 2010).|
|Purpuse||At firts it was built as a wine warehouse, nowadays it is a center of leisure and culture.|
|Remodelations||1919 y 2010|
|Interesting information||Stand out by its clasicism exterior wich contrast with its urban, singular, innovative and sober interior.|
|Telephone||944 10 57 64|
|Direction||Plaza Arriquibar, 4, 48008 Bilbao, Bizkaia|
The construction of the Alhóndiga was in brick with reinforced concrete porches, being one of the first buildings built with this technique in Bizkaia. In the seventies of the twentieth century, when the warehouse activity was moved to a more modern construction, the building was abandoned pending a new activity.
After a long period without activity, in 2001, the renovation works began to convert the Alhóndiga into a cultural center. In 2004, the French architect Philippe Starck took over the remodeling.
Since March 16, 2015, it has been renamed Azkuna Zentroa, as a tribute to Iñaki Azkuna, former mayor of Bilbao.
The bulding was built originally with a modernist style.
With the new reform, the facade of the original building is completely respected, making it possible to humanize the construction and turn it into a reference point of the city.
The interior of the building with an area of 43,000 square meters is completely renovated creating three brick cubes suspended on 43 columns, numerous cultural and sports spaces.
In the Alhóndiga merge past and present, the classicism of its exterior facade contrasts with the urban, original, renovating and simple interior space created by Philippe Starck in which the life and energy of Bilbao is embodied. The offer of the Alhóndiga is daily and very diverse thanks to its ample schedule and its varied programming.
In the Alhóndiga of Bilbao, visitors can enjoy exhibitions, concerts, conferences, reading area, children’s workshops, different physical activities, 8 cinemas, shops, restaurants and an underground parking to make the visit more comfortable.
The Azkuna Zentroa has become a benchmark of Bilbao’s cultural activity, programming endless exhibitions and cultural events.
Golem Distribution also has its space in the Alhóndiga de Bilbao, managing its 8 cinemas.
The opening schedules of Azkuna Zentroa are:
Monday to thursday de 7:00h a 23:00h
Friday de 7:00h a 24:00h
Saturday de 8:30h a 24:00h
Sunday and holiday de 8:30h a 23:00h
Opening all the days of the year.
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