The iconic building fosters the main ‘paraninfo’ of the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU), linking its three campuses to the very heart of the city of Bilbao. It is home to two auditoriums, fully equipped meeting rooms, exhibition spaces, open rooms and offices. On the first floor, the 400 sq m terrace has stunning views over the Bilbao river estuary and the Guggenheim museum. Inaugurated in 2010, it is a proud example of the neat architectural style of the Portuguese Pritzker Prize Álvaro Siza. White marble façades shape this elegant prismatic volume that opens up its silent volume to accompany the quiet flow of the river at the center of Bilbao. Located in an emblematic area of the city, the building is home to all kind of social, cultural, academic and scientific events. Bizkaia Aretoa will host the main programme of the DRS2022 conference and it is walking distance from the Guggenheim Museum and the Azkuna Zentroa as well as from the city center.
Guggenheim Museum Bilbao
The creation of the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao was the outcome of an unprecedented partnership between the Basque Administrations and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation. 25 years after it opened in October 1997, the Museum is a reality that has exceeded the most ambitious artistic and cultural expectations and has made an extraordinary contribution to the urban, economic, and social regeneration of the city of Bilbao and its immediate environs. Its membership in an international constellation of museums gives it access to an extensive Permanent Collection which encompasses all the artistic holdings of the Guggenheim Museums, including the works in Bilbao’s Collection. These works complement each other and as a whole are able to offer a more exhaustive, comprehensive view of modern and contemporary art. The Museum’s artistic programming encompasses both presentations of the Permanent Collection and ambitious special exhibitions, which are combined to provide viewers with a broad, dynamic perspective on the art of our time. The Museum’s building, today the most recognizable icon of the city of Bilbao, is a huge titanium, stone, and glass sculpture designed by architect Frank Gehry.
Azkuna Zentroa – Alhóndiga
The Alhóndiga was designed by the Basque local architect Ricardo Bastida at the beginning of the XX century as the city’s warehouse for wine, liquors and oil. In the decade of the 1970s, it was no longer used as such, as new modern warehouses were set up around the city and a different, faster way of life emerged. After considering several solutions for the 460,000 sq f space, including demolition, the Basque Government declared it “Public Property of Cultural Interest” in 1999. Its full renovation started in 2001 by the French designer Philippe Starck, giving life to a beautiful sophisticated balance between the new and the old. The works were completed in 2010. Today, the Azkuna Zentroa has become the city’s ‘Society and Contemporary Culture Center’, a diverse public space that aims at becoming a provocative epicentre of transformation within the community and among its inhabitants. It is today a lively dynamic cultural center hosting a seamless program of activities at the very center of Bilbao.