Azkuna Zentroa
Azkuna Zentroa
4.5
Architectural BuildingsCivic Centres
7:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Monday
7:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Tuesday
7:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Wednesday
7:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Thursday
7:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Friday
7:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Saturday
8:30 AM - 12:00 AM
Sunday
8:30 AM - 11:00 PM
About
Azkuna Zentroa is the centre for art and culture located right in the heart of Bilbao and is housed in one of the most emblematic buildings of the city, the former municipal wine exchange market. Refurbished and restored by Philippe Starck, Azkuna Zentroa has a diverse cultural programme where art, knowledge, design, science, new technologies and literature converge, as well as a varied physical activity offering. A multipurpose and contemporary centre where disciplines, contents and the general public are interrelated, which increases the cultural level of the general public and contributes to the enrichment of Bilbao and its internationalisation.
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XabierXabier
Bilbao, Spain27 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Solo
It is actually one of my favourite buildings in Bilbao.
Done by Philippe Stark, this is a council building hosting a public gym and pool, funtion rooms, a lovely ludotec and a great lobby giving access to 4 different streets where you can rest in peace, also meet friends or find shelter from rain.
Just in front of this building you find a white one in a square, home of the SPRI, the basque department for international promotion of Basque industry, technology and ideosincracy wordwide, supported by a network of Trade missions embassies in dozens of countries covering the 4 continents.
Written January 7, 2020
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macedonboy
Glasgow, UK179,764 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
Built in 1909, this building was originally a corn exchange. After a period of disuse, the building was renovated and converted into a sports and culture centre in 1994. Built in the Modernist style, add in a dose of Basque style and you get something like Modernisme and Neo-Baroque decorations. The instant you enter the ground floor, you’ll notice the stubby columns, each constructed with a unique design. The exterior could do with more renovations to brighten up the slightly faded facade, the cultural program is worth the visit. There’s not much inside, but there is a lot of empty space. Which is not to say the place is dead, there’s a few shops there and exhibitions, just inside a building that could accommodate a lot more.
Written December 26, 2022
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Ronnie Dissentshik
Tel Aviv, Israel205 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
In spite of the fact that it was early in the day we still enjoyed the design of the lobby and the way Philip Stark made use of the wine storage building. The media center' the art shows and the surprising roof top spots center .A perfect way to combine preservation with current needs
Written September 22, 2022
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Howard-Liverpool
Liverpool, UK3,149 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
An ex warehouse with a fab redesign. All the pillars holding the building up inside are art works in their own right. Really clever idea. There is a terrace on the roof with some nice views but alas nothing up there - a shame. Would be a great place for a restaurant.
Written May 23, 2022
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Razorfish
Little Rock, AR3,866 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Couples
This is a good example of the refurbishment of the merchant’s wine exchange building. The columns on the ground floor are creatively decorated to add color to the expanse as you enter. The roof was rather barren with a few people sunbathing. The roof would make a good place for a restaurant. Overall, a good example of a contemporary design in an older architecturally significant building.
Written October 26, 2022
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biotifood
Hameenlinna, Finland251 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021
Starck left his mark here and transformed cleverly an old building by giving it a modern touch without ruining it. Absolutely worth seeing. The shop selling basque design is also very good. Will visit again if I come back.
Written December 7, 2021
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KendraC
Galway, Ireland145 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
Fascinating to see the different pillars holding up the structure. When we were there it was very quiet. The exhibitions that were there were We are Code - downstairs and on the main floor which was interactive and really interesting. Outside there were 3 paintings on the facade if the building.
The cinema is on the lower floor and more activities upstairs.
The cafe was good for lunch.
Written January 7, 2020
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Julie C
Kent, UK432 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Friends
This looks like an old building from the outside, and not worth looking at. I would not have visited it if it was not for a local friend taking me.
The ground floor is a huge open space, with beautiful columns, each one individually designed. You can see the bottom of a stretch of the swimming pool over head, as well as there being bars inside. There is also a giant TV screen which has a video of the sun.
Within the building there is also a library which stretches over several floors which is worth a look at; a restaurant; the leisure centre; a cinema; and parking.
A real hidden gem which has to be seen to be appreciated.
Written April 12, 2019
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cynmar6061
Sydney, Australia140 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Couples
This was an impressive building from the outside but given the number of older historic buildings around town - initially did not see why it on the top must see locations in Bilbao. Until you enter and see the interior is really what this all about. There are 43 pillars all different shapes and sizes holding the structure up.. Old outside and trendy modern inside..
Definitely worth a walk through
Written April 30, 2019
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CuriousOne
Vancouver, Canada18 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018 • Friends
A visit here will likely make you wonder "what can't my hometown have this spectacular centre?" I didn't swim in the pool, but looked up at it on the roof from the main level, but I did browse and admire the "suspended" library sitting atop the Phillipe Starck pillars.

At very least, it's a cool way to walk a city block inside the centre, before walking down the next street full of unique architecture.
Written February 1, 2019
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