Azkunazentroa, an example of urban transformation
30.05.2016

Azkunazentroa, an example of urban transformation

The participants in the Indian Leaders Programme visited this modern cultural centre in Bilbao, which is committed to innovation and technology

AzkunaZentroa is a tribute to its developer, the former Mayor of Bilbao Iñaki Azkuna, who was responsible for the city’s spectacular transformation and for the recovery of the building after 30 years of abandonment
AzkunaZentroa in Bilbao was one of the examples chosen as a symbol of sustainable urban development that the participants in the Indian Leaders Programme had the opportunity to visit during their stay in the Basque city.
 
The old wine storehouse became a municipal company dedicated to programming, organising and managing art, culture, leisure and sports activities. It represents a clear commitment to innovation and technology and supports Bilbao’s strategy as an open city of culture and knowledge, as well as being a landmark of the transformation of the city, which has been completely overhauled to serve its citizens and let them take centre stage.
 
The name it has held since 2015, AzkunaZentroa, is a tribute to its developer, the former Mayor of Bilbao Iñaki Azkuna, who was responsible for the city’s spectacular transformation and for the recovery of the building after 30 years of abandonment.
 
This modern centre was inaugurated in 2010 and is the work of famous French creator, designer and architect Philippe Starck. The participants in the Indian Leaders Programme visited the facilities as part of a guided tour during which they received comprehensive information on the centre’s main attractions, from its sports centre to its function and exhibition rooms as well as the library.
 
During the visit, the Indian delegation showed an interest in several aspects of the centre, from the materials used to build it and adapt it to factors related to the organisation and financing of events and upkeep of the facilities.

 

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