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“Phillip Stark design, must see!”
Review of Azkuna Zentroa

Azkuna Zentroa
Ranked #8 of 123 things to do in Bilbao
Certificate of Excellence
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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: Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase, Stairs / lift, Activities for young children, Wheelchair access
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is an amazing reuse of an old building that was formerly a wine warehouse. It is now a cultural and community center. The design alone makes the visit worthwhile. The bottom of the fourth floor swimming pool is glass. There are uniquely designed columns holding up four modules. Bilbao is worth visiting for more than the Guggenheim.

Thank RusPat_704
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We visited Arjuna Zentroa before visiting the Guggenheim, a really interesting building with great features, including an overhead glass bottomed swimming pool and a basement exhibition area. It’s free with a restaurants and cafes. Worth a visit, bit of a wow factor when you see it.

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Reviewed 4 June 2018 via mobile

There’s a great restaurant, a library, cinemas downstairs and a great pool that you can see from below. It always shows great art.

Thank Lovetotravel5192
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Reviewed 10 March 2018 via mobile

We went swimming- don’t forget you need a head covering in the pool for some reason. We wanted to see down through the windows in the bottom of the pool but you couldn’t. We didn’t have time to look at the exhibitions there. Funny juxtaposition of swimming pool and exhibition space.

Thank Caustonator
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Reviewed 16 February 2018 via mobile

Been here quite often, I love it here. There’s free wifi, a restaurant and cafe on the ground floor, art exhibit, cinemas, cool mediateka library (with video games!) not to mention the 43 unique posts on the open area. The place itself inspires creativity with its brick walls and designer posts. Photo attached is my fave poste

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