Architecture and Bilbao

It is stimulating to start the day at the Maritime Museum in Bilbao, talking to its director, about the city’s urban transformation process that can be seen in a video projected in the museum. In this case, surrounded by our group of guests, all engineers and architects coming from Sweden, the conversation gets enriched by their questions.

Moving from being an industrial city to a city of services is being a challenge. Bilbao Metropoli 30 has lead all the strategies that have contributed to the creation of the current Bilbao, maintaining its essence and evolving to become an international reference that institutions come visit from all over the world.

With technicians from Bilbao Metrópoli 30, we embark towards Getxo, a fishermen’s port from the s. XVII. In the river route we are encounter relevant architectural elements that give this city its personality: the titanium plates of the Guggenheim Museum designed by Frank Gehry; The glass towers of Arata Isozaki; The university libraries of Álvaro Siza and Rafael Moneo; The structure of the bridge of Santiago Calatrava …

Traces of great artists who, along with the Bilbao spirit, have contributed to UNESCO incorporating Bilbao as to their list of creative cities around the world.


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