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Five Cities Elevated by UNESCO “City of Design” Status

Dundee, Bilbao, Curitiba, Helsinki and Turin are often considered the cultural epicenters of their respected countries. Therefore it is no surprise that these five metropolises are the latest to achieve UNESCO’s City of Design status. Joining a list of 12 other cities, the newest City of Design selections are being recognized for the international influence on design. By awarding them “City of Design” status, UNESCO hopes to help further the development of creative industries and encourage cross-city cultural exchange in each selected metropolis. 

San Mames Stadium / ACXT

© Airtor Ortiz
© Airtor Ortiz
  • Architects: ACXT
  • Location: San Mamés, 48013 Bilbao, Biscay, Spain
  • Project Director: Oscar Malo
  • Main Architect: César A. Azcárate Gómez
  • Deputy Architect: Diego Rodríguez
  • Area: 114500.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Airtor Ortiz

© Airtor Ortiz © Airtor Ortiz © Airtor Ortiz © Airtor Ortiz

Policemen House / Coll-Barreu Arquitectos

  • Architects: Coll-Barreu Arquitectos
  • Location: Miribilla, 48003 Bilbao, Biscay, Spain
  • Architects In Charge: Juan Coll-Barreu, Daniel Gutiérrez Zarza
  • Area: 12792.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Aleix Bagué, Juan Rodríguez, Courtesy of Coll-Barreu Arquitectos

© Juan Rodríguez © Aleix Bagué © Juan Rodríguez © Aleix Bagué

Textured Tower / Coll-Barreu Arquitectos

  • Architects: Coll-Barreu Arquitectos
  • Location: Miribilla, 48003 Bilbao, Biscay, Spain
  • Architects In Charge: Juan Coll-Barreu, Daniel Gutiérrez Zarza
  • Area: 556.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Coll-Barreu Arquitectos, Juan Rodríguez

Courtesy of Coll-Barreu Arquitectos Courtesy of Coll-Barreu Arquitectos Courtesy of Coll-Barreu Arquitectos Courtesy of Coll-Barreu Arquitectos

Firemen House / Coll-Barreu Arquitectos

  • Architects: Coll-Barreu Arquitectos
  • Location: Miribilla, 48003 Bilbao, Biscay, Spain
  • Architects In Charge: Juan Coll-Barreu, Daniel Gutiérrez Zarza
  • Area: 14870.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Coll-Barreu Arquitectos, Juan Rodríguez, Aleix Bague

© Juan Rodríguez © Juan Rodríguez Courtesy of Coll-Barreu Arquitectos © Juan Rodríguez

Norman Foster Receives Inaugural BIA Award in Bilbao

On the 26th of September, Norman Foster will be at the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao as the inaugural recipient of the very first BIA (Bilbao Bizkaia Architecture) Award. Recognizing Foster's contribution towards the development of Bizkaia through architecture and urban regeneration, the prize highlights Foster's iconic original design for the Metro Bilbao stations in the Basque Country.

20 Scholarships the AA BILBAO Visiting School: COMPUTING TOPOS III 2014 / Bilbao, Spain

AA Visiting School is an international network of design workshops and other programs organized by the Architectural Association School of Architecture. This event will be realized in Bilbao, Spain between July 23 and August 5.

COAS Offices and Headquarters / Otxotorena Arquitectos

© Rubén Pérez Bescós © Rubén Pérez Bescós © Rubén Pérez Bescós © Rubén Pérez Bescós

Historical Archive of the Basque Country / ACXT

  • Architects: ACXT
  • Location: Calle de María Díaz de Haro, 3, 48013 Bilbao, Biscay, Spain
  • Project Architect: Gonzalo Carro
  • Project Director: Gonzalo Carro
  • Area: 8550.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Aitor Ortiz

© Aitor Ortiz © Aitor Ortiz © Aitor Ortiz © Aitor Ortiz

Indautxu Square / JAAM sociedad de arquitectura

© Elker Azqueta
© Elker Azqueta

© Elker Azqueta © Elker Azqueta © Elker Azqueta © Elker Azqueta

Sede Banco Arquia / NO.MAD

  • Architects: NO.MAD
  • Location: Bilbao, Biscay, Spain
  • Architect In Charge: Eduardo Arroyo
  • Collaborators: David Rodríguez, Luis Arroyo, Margarita Martínez, Alfonso Navarrete, José López
  • Quantity Surveyor : José Miguel Ortega, Igor Ortega
  • Structure: Alfonso Robles
  • Area: 280.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2008
  • Photographs: Miguel de Guzmán

© Miguel de Guzmán © Miguel de Guzmán © Miguel de Guzmán © Miguel de Guzmán

Casa en la Bilbanía / Foraster Arquitectos

© Joseba Bengoetxea © Joseba Bengoetxea © Joseba Bengoetxea © Joseba Bengoetxea

AD Classics: The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao / Frank Gehry

Set on the edge of the Nervión River in Bilbao‭, ‬Spain, the Guggenheim Museum is a fusion of complex‭, ‬swirling forms and captivating materiality that responds to an intricate program and an industrial urban context‭. ‬With over a hundred exhibitions and more than ten million visitors to its recognition‭, ‬Frank Gehry‮’‬s Guggenheim Museum Bilbao not only changed the way that architects and people think about museums, but also boosted Bilbao's economy with its astounding success‭.‭ ‬In fact‭, ‬the phenomenon of a city‮’‬s transformation following the construction of a significant piece of architecture is now referred to as the‭ ‬‮“‬Bilbao Effect‭.‬‮”‬‭ ‬Twenty years on, the Museum continues to challenge assumptions about the connections between art and architecture‭ today.

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Living Architectures: Gehry's Vertigo / Ila Bêka & Louise Lemoine

Fourth project of the Living Architectures series, Gehry's Vertigo offers to the spectator a rare and vertiginous trip on the top roofs of the Guggenheim Museum of Bilbao. Through the portrait of the climbing team in charge of the glass cleaning, their ascensions, their techniques and difficulties, this film observes the complexity and virtuosity of Frank Gehry's architecture.

AA Bilbao Visiting School: "Computing topos II"


Fronton Bizkaia / Gastón & Ruiz Pardo

  • Architects: Gastón & Ruiz Pardo
  • Location: Calle Luis de Castresana, 2, 48003 Bilbao, Biscay, Spain
  • Architect In Charge: Javier Gastón, Marcelo Ruiz Pardo
  • Technical Architect: Juan Luis Urresti
  • Collaborators: David Gastón, Carolina Lombana, Carlos Viladoms, Daniel Alvaladejo, Naia Landa
  • Area: 24011.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Jesus Granada, Jorge Allende

© Jesus Granada © Jesus Granada © Jesus Granada © Jesus Granada

Nerua Restaurant / ACXT

© Aitor Ortiz
© Aitor Ortiz

Architects: ACXT Location: Museo Guggenheim, Bilbao, Spain Architect In Charge: César Caicoya Gómez-Morán Design Team: Beatriz Pagoaga, Oscar da Costa Project Year: 2011 Photographs: Aitor Ortiz

© Aitor Ortiz
© Aitor Ortiz
© Aitor Ortiz
© Aitor Ortiz
© Aitor Ortiz
© Aitor Ortiz
© Aitor Ortiz
© Aitor Ortiz

Zero Space & VIP Lounge / ACXT

© Aitor Ortiz
© Aitor Ortiz

Architects: ACXT Location: Museo Guggenheim, Bilbao, Spain Architect In Charge: César Caicoya Gómez-Morán Design Team: Beatriz Pagoaga Lighting Consultant: Susaeta Prolighting Project Year: 2011 Photographs: Aitor Ortiz

© Aitor Ortiz
© Aitor Ortiz
© Aitor Ortiz
© Aitor Ortiz
© Aitor Ortiz
© Aitor Ortiz
© Aitor Ortiz
© Aitor Ortiz