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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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Mon - Thu 7:00 am - 11:00 pm
Fri 7:00 am - 12:00 am
Sat - Sun 8:30 am - 12:00 am
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Description: Azkuna Zentroa houses a cultural and leisure space within one of the most...
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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Very interesting and beautifully-renovated cultural center ! Worth really a visit and some time there !

Following the recommendation of our local Spanish friend in Bilbao, we ended up in this huge building (the former AlhóndigaBilbao wine warehouse, a building cast aside and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 11, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

Following the recommendation of our local Spanish friend in Bilbao, we ended up in this huge building (the former AlhóndigaBilbao wine warehouse, a building cast aside and forgotten for over 30 years since the 1970s...). We are so glad we came to this place : not only for its architecture and design, but also for the proposed activities there. Well,... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

This was the building that was meant to house the Guggenheim Museum until Frank Gehry had a better idea.Instead Philippe Starck re-designed the building into a cultural centre and a public swimming pool.Its actually not very good for swimming but worth a look.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 via mobile

Phillippe Starck designed the interior, including the wonderful feature of being able to stand three stories beneath a long swimming pool and watch the swimmers through its glass floor. Another of many examples of Bilbao purposely appealing to the "creative class."

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Enschede, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

While walking around the neighborhood without a fixed path, I found this special place, mixture of library, bars and restaurants with a nice rooftop. The environment in the late afternoon was very special with its dark interior... Worth visiting

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Bilbao, Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

Beautiful on the outside...jawdropping on the inside. Explore every level, you never know what's around the corner!

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Bradford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

This outstanding refurbished wine store is a must-see if visiting Bilbao. The new inner brick structures are supported by 43 fantastic pillars, each one different. Also an excellent large open area for music or performances and unusual view of the rooftop swimming pool (from underneath). Rooftop terrace bar is a great place to relax after wandering around the town. No... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

The store is huge and has been completely gutted and re made with 43 amazing columns downstairs and exhibitions, swimming pools upstairs. We went to 2 free exhibitions which were pretty weird - especially in Spanish!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

Stumbled all over Bilbao and eventually fetched up here. It's an amazing remodel of an old building done so creatively. It could do with some sort of formal explanation of what the space is about, though. I still have no idea . . .

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

The terrace upstairs the building is very nice ,during winter they have hitting up lamps our some like that so you can enjoy fresh air without freezing! I do not remember if they serve food but the drinks are excellent! Also the glass pool is very nice!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014 via mobile

Clearly a référence in term of modernization. The buildings inside are like suspended upon séries of different columns. It is worth having à glance inside.

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