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“Stunning” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Azkuna Zentroa

Azkuna Zentroa
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Food available for purchase, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities, Stairs / elevator, Activities for young children
El Vendrell, Spain
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 28, 2013

What is stunning about the Alhondiga Bilbao... the 43 individual columns designed by Philip Starck. During the day there is a vast, quiet atmosphere, apparently it is more lively during the evening, when the bars and restaurants are open. There is a funky design museum downstairs, where the modern exhibits are moved around on a conveyor belt.

Visited February 2013
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 27, 2013

this old wine warehouse is now an amazing cultural and leisure centre. The 40 columns which decorate it are amazing. The architecture is unique. Very friendly information staff

Visited February 2013
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“Interesting architecture”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 25, 2013

This is a stunning place but don't set a lot of time aside to see it as most of it is a library and some sort of sport complex. It is an interesting renovation and has a great coffee shop/cafe.

Visited February 2013
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“Amazing conversion”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 22, 2013

Phillips Stark kept the facade and then put in 3 brick cubes standing on 43 pillars all decorated differently. Roof garden looked good but not open in Feb.

Visited February 2013
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“Unusual, to say the least”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 20, 2013

First of all, let me say that the building itself is quite spectacular once you get inside. It kind of reminded me of the Mezquita in Córdoba, but warped into the 21st century. Shame that there isn't much going on inside the building. Apart from the very charming book/wine/gift shop.

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