Alhóndiga Bilbao

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Azkuna Zentroa
Alhóndiga Municipal de Bilbao
RonBrill AlhondigaBilbao.jpg
Main façade of the renovated building
General information
Type Multi-purpose venue
Architectural style Modernism
Location Bilbao, Basque Country
Address 4, Arriquibar Square
Country Spain
Coordinates 43°15′35″N 2°56′13″W / 43.25972°N 2.93694°W / 43.25972; -2.93694
Construction started 1905
Completed 1909
Renovated 2001-2010
Cost 71 million euros
Technical details
Floor area 43,000 m2 (460,000 sq ft)
Design and construction
Architect Ricardo Bastida
Other designers Philippe Starck, Thibaut Mathieu

Alhóndiga Bilbao (Spanish pronunciation: [aˈlondiɣa βilˈβao]), called since March 2015 Azkuna Zentroa (English: Azkuna Centre) in tribute to late mayor of Bilbao Iñaki Azkuna,[1] is a multi-purpose venue located in the city of Bilbao, Spain. It was designed by French designer Philippe Starck in collaboration with Thibaut Mathieu[2] and was opened to the public in stages between 18 May and 24 October 2010. The venue, labeled as a "Culture and Leisure Centre", consist of a cinema multiplex, a fitness centre, a library, showrooms, an auditorium, shops, and a restaurant.[3][4]

Originally a wine warehouse (alhóndiga in Spanish), it was designed by Basque architect Ricardo Bastida and inaugurated in 1909. However, in the 1970s, a new warehouse was planned and the Alhóndiga was abandoned. Several projects were suggested, ranging from public housing, a museum of modern art, or even demolishing the entire building, but all were scrapped. Finally, in 1994 it was decided to renovate it and build a sports and culture centre.[5] The Basque Government decided to declare the building "Public Property of Cultural Interest" in 1999.[3][6]


  1. ^ "AlhóndigaBilbao cambia su nombre a Azkuna Zentroa" (in Spanish). La Vanguardia. 17 March 2015. 
  2. ^ Retrieved 2011-01-15.
  3. ^ a b "The Alhóndiga, Culture". Alhóndiga Bilbao. Archived from the original on 23 October 2010. Retrieved 2010-10-20. 
  4. ^ "La nueva Alhóndiga". Archived from the original on 23 September 2010. Retrieved 2010-10-20. 
  5. ^ José Basurto (2010-05-08). "Proyectos al cubo". Retrieved 2010-10-20. 
  6. ^ "Decreto 397/1998". Basque Government. 1999-01-20. Retrieved 2010-10-20. 

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