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Azkuna Zentroa

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Address: Plaza Arriquibar, 4, 48008 Bilbao, Spain
Phone Number: +34 944 01 40 14
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7:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Sun 8:30 am - 11:00 pm
Mon - Thu 7:00 am - 11:00 pm
Fri 7:00 am - 12:00 am
Sat 8:30 am - 12:00 am
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

Azkuna Zentroa houses a cultural and leisure space within one of the...

Azkuna Zentroa houses a cultural and leisure space within one of the most emblematic buildings of the city, offering a wide variety of events for anyone who visits. A meeting point where you can share, learn and enjoy the different cultural, leisure and sports proposals aimed at all target publics either individually, in groups or as a family. The 43,000 square metres of Azkuna Zentroa have been erected in the old wine warehouse of the city. It is a building with a modern character where past, present and future blend together, declared "Heritage of Cultural Interest" by the Basque Government in 1999. The façades and part of the space, designed by the Bilbao architect Ricardo Bastida at the beginning of the 20th century, have been maintained and renovated. The exterior classicism contrasts with the unique, innovative and sober interior space designed by Philippe Starck, where the life and energy of Bilbao are crystallized. Exhibitions, concerts, conferences, children's workshops, physical activities of all kinds, reading area, a place to have a coffee, etc. The offer of Azkuna Zentroa is daily and highly varied thanks to its multidiscipline programme and extended opening hours. It doesn't matter whether your visit is a one-off or if you live in a nearby geographical area, you will always find an attractive proposal that suits you which you will thoroughly enjoy.

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Azkuna Zentroa

If i hadn't seen this with my "Bilbao Greeter" who explained the history of this place and showed me the library, the swimming pool from below and explained the intentions of the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

If i hadn't seen this with my "Bilbao Greeter" who explained the history of this place and showed me the library, the swimming pool from below and explained the intentions of the architect, i probably wouldn't have appreciated it as much. It had nearly been torn down but was saved and i loved the result!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Innovative architecture preserving its main facade. Very nice central courtyard with different sculptures

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Malaga, Spain
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Walking distance from Plaza Moyua. Wth 43 different polls , different materials a surprise. Inside also a cinema and an indoor pool.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

While this a fine example of urban renewal I don't understand why they want us to visit. For the most part it's a dark main floor with little to look at, a beautiful library building for locals and some food and drink locations. To be fair we did see a wonderful art exhibition in the basement and it was free... More 

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Chalfont Saint Peter, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Worth at least a visit if you are in Bilbao. A vast dark interior in which there are light displays and an interesting series of columns. There is an information desk in the centre of the building.

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Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Amazing rebuilt building hosting social activities and cultural events. Swimming pool, library and kids library, shops and a wonderful roof terrace are the main features

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Don't miss this remarkable Cultural Central. Get the brochure so you know and understand just what you are looking at....the 43 pillars holding up the three buildings are worth examining and savoring and require more time than just a quick walk through. While we were there, there was also an excellent art exhibit of Judy Chicago's work on the lower... More 

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Bilbao, Spain
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This swimmingpool is in a trendy cool architectorial building. Check out the roof buttom glass swimmingpool on the rop floor. Nice restaurant inside for pinxtos and cocktails.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

I akways liked when people find a good use for an old building or complex. Philip Stark has done a good job with this one inside and outside. Cool to look at people swimming high above your head in that rooftop glass bottom pool.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2015

The rubbish guide book I bought in advance of my visit to Bilbao does not even mention this place, so it was a wonderful surprise to come across it while we were walking around the town. It is a magnificent restoration inside and out and well worth a visit to see the 43 interior columns, all different and visit the... More 

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