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Review of Azkuna Zentroa

Azkuna Zentroa
Ranked #7 of 125 things to do in Bilbao
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Azkuna Zentroa is the centre for art and culture located right in the heart of Bilbao and is housed in one of the most emblematic buildings of the city, the former municipal wine exchange market. Refurbished and restored by Philippe Starck, Azkuna Zentroa has a diverse cultural programme where art, knowledge, design, science, new technologies and literature converge, as well as a varied physical activity offering. A multipurpose and contemporary centre where disciplines, contents and the general public are interrelated, which increases the cultural level of the general public and contributes to the enrichment of Bilbao and its internationalisation.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children, Wheelchair access, Activities for young children, Stairs / lift, Food available for purchase
Reviewed 5 October 2017

This old warehouse building was near our hotel so we were in and out every day during our Bilbao stay. It has been very stylishly refurbished as a multi-function space.

Loved the Phillipe Stark pillars which are all different, there was ongoing maintenance work and some of them were partially covered up.

We eventually located the swimming pool which is high above the ground floor, it is weird to see people moving about through the glass. Wasn't clear how to get up to the roof terrace unless you were dining at the restaurant up top.

There is a nice cafe bar on the ground floor too.

1  Thank NorthernHeatseeker
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Reviewed 4 October 2017

This old wine barrel stock building has been transformed in a multi-purpose centre. Philip Starck chose to put three separate brick blocks inside the old walls which are lightly balancing on pilars decorated by several artists. Though inside it is a bit dark it is a place popular for youth gathering and it lives throughout the day. You can see people swimming on the top roof from below.
The centre has several food and drink possibilities besides the cultural spots. We had an excellent time in the sun at the roof terrace. Good bar, happy people and nice bar tender.

2  Thank Ortwin
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Reviewed 16 August 2017 via mobile

Unusual space... Not sure I'd rate it as highly as some previous reviews but we did enjoy a pleasant hour in the Cafe on the rooftop. I think the main roof terrace would have been great but I couldn't find my way to it. It may possibly have been closed as it was a public holiday

Thank ShivGalway_Ireland
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Reviewed 2 August 2017 via mobile

The building itself is worth the visit from architectural point of view. It's old and beautiful renovated with help of Philip Starck.
At this moment (until October) there's a free exposition downstairs "Milarda MadeinUSA" with installations and other work from Antoni Milarda. This exposition is great and really originally. Maybe I shouldn't say this, but we liked this more then the Guggenheim also because nobody seems to go here.
After visiting the exposition, I recommend to have a drink at the rooftop terrace; great cocktails and chosen as 'Bilbao terrace of the year'.

Thank Yvette B
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Reviewed 21 July 2017

Enjoyed the visit and found a lot to see and learn here. I asked a few questions at the information desk and at their shop and everyone was helpful.
Lots of interesting projects going on and it is definitely one of those urban spaces to draw inspiration from.

Thank Taenkare
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