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Azkuna Zentroa(Bilbao)

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The current Azkuna Center was built by Ricardo Bastida between 1905 and 1909 in order to be the Alhóndiga Municipal de Bilbao. During its construction, new techniques were used from the structural point of view, being one of the first examples of public architecture in reinforced concrete. This majestic modernist-style wine warehouse had a double function to serve as a warehouse and to form the city, situated in the area of ​​the expansion of the city. In 1919 it suffered a fire and subsequent restoration. Closed for a long time, in the 80s its adaptation as a cultural center was considered but the project was frustrated and shortly after the Guggenheim museum project appeared, leaving the corn market in the background. Finally, the Alhóndiga was renovated as a multipurpose civic center with the intervention of the designer Philippe Starck and was inaugurated in 2010. Playing with the function of the original building, the enclosure has been transformed into a huge cultural container distributed in three thematic buildings, adding a total of 15,000 square meters for leisure in its broadest sense. The so-called “Atrium of Cultures” welcomes the visitor and brings together the different spaces, a large covered square adorned with 43 columns of different architectural styles and materials, symbolizing the cultures, architectures, wars and religions that human beings have gone through throughout throughout history. In 2015, the alhóndiga was renamed Centro azkuna or Azkuna Zentroa in Basque in recognition of Iñaki Azkuna, mayor of Bilbao for more than three terms.

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