Isozaki Atea

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Isozaki Atea
Bilbao - Puerta de Isozaki 1.jpg
General information
LocationBilbao, Spain
Coordinates43°15′57″N 2°55′44″W / 43.26583°N 2.92889°W / 43.26583; -2.92889Coordinates: 43°15′57″N 2°55′44″W / 43.26583°N 2.92889°W / 43.26583; -2.92889
Construction started2004
Completed2008
Height
Roof83 m (272 ft)
Technical details
Floor count22 (4 basement floors)
Lifts/elevators6
Design and construction
ArchitectArata Isozaki,
Iñaki Aurrekoetxea
Main contractorFincas Abando

The Isozaki Atea (Basque: Isozaki Gate) twin towers in Bilbao, Spain are the tallest residential buildings in the city and the Basque Country, designed by Japanese architect Arata Isozaki. The towers are 83 metres (272 ft) tall and have 23 floors. The first two floors are used for mixed-commercial purposes, and the remaining floors are residential. The towers are part of a five-building complex. The other three buildings' heights range between six and eight floors.[citation needed]

"Atea" means "gate" in Basque; the complex is intended as the entrance to the Ensanche of the city from the other side of the Nervión river as a footway directly connects the staircase between the two towers to the Zubizuri footbridge. The staircase leads to Ercilla Street.[original research?]

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