|Alhóndiga Municipal de Bilbao|
Main façade of the renovated building
|Location||Bilbao, Basque Country|
|Address||4, Arriquibar Square|
|Cost||71 million euros|
|Floor area||43,000 m2 (460,000 sq ft)|
|Design and construction|
|Other designers||Philippe Starck, Thibaut Mathieu|
Alhóndiga Bilbao (Spanish pronunciation: [aˈlondiɣa βilˈβao]) 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 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.
Originally a wine warehouse, 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. The Basque Government decided to declare the building "Public Property of Cultural Interest" in 1999.
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