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“A great cultural space”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Azkuna Zentroa

Azkuna Zentroa
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US$15.29*
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Bilbao City Hop-on Hop-off Tour
Ranked #1 of 11 Concerts & Shows 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: Wheelchair access, Stairs / lift, Food available for purchase, Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children, Activities for older children
Wales, United Kingdom
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66 reviews
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“A great cultural space”
Reviewed 30 September 2013

A former wine warehouse and now a cultural space designed by Ricardo Bastida. It is worth a visit to see the columns, an art installation like no other that I have seen. There are restaurants and a changing programme of cultural events. On the ground floor La Florinda restaurant offered a very good inclusive menu del dia at 10 euros.

Visited September 2013
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Dublin, Ireland
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57 reviews
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“Philippe Starck Leisure Complex - worth a view”
Reviewed 21 September 2013

This used to be an old wine warehouse and is worth a look on the outside for the beauty of the building even before you enter the magic. The central atrium is supported by rows of columns, each different, i.e. one has gold dragons, another is red, and then there is a giant projected virtual sun. You look up to a glass bottomed swimming pool and relax to the silhouettes of swimmers doing their lengths, there is a sun terrace up there (you have to pay to go for a swim and enter the terrace). There is also shops (cool retro gift, clothing and lifestyle shop) exhibition space, a a cinema, library,gym and terrace restaurant.

Visited September 2013
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Torrey, Utah
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“Don't miss a stroll through this restored wine warehouse”
Reviewed 19 September 2013

Let your wanderings take your into the Alhondiga Bilbao. This multi-purposed modern public space is the center of art, culture and sport. And for those who might be interested in the evolution of libraries, check out the "Mediateca", or Media Library.

Visited September 2013
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Bilbao
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“Creative design...”
Reviewed 15 September 2013

The 42 columns throughout the building were representative of the artistry of the best Italian/Spanish artisans.Great practical application of an old forgotten building being reinvented by exciting design for everyday public use.

Visited September 2013
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Arlington, Virginia
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“Philippe Starck architecture”
Reviewed 8 September 2013

Really amazing public space worth seeing. Elegant restaurant with terrace worth visiting. Some small shops that were interesting.

Visited September 2013
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