This modern culture and leisure centre opened its doors on 18th May 2010. Thus the city recovered one of its most emblematic buildings, namely the old wine warehouse, with a project set in the socio-economic and urban transformation which left behind its industrial past.
On 16th March 2015 AlhóndigaBilbao changed its name to Azkuna Zentroa. This is a tribute of the city to the person who was the “emotional” architect of this new Bilbao. It is the acknowledgement of Azkuna’s vision of a building which had been neglected for over 30 years. To quote Iñaki Azkuna’s own words: “It will be the meeting point of Culture in Bilbao and a catalyser of co-existence in the City".
A vision which materialises day by day. Azkuna Zentroa has become the new driving force of daily life in the city since its doors opened in May 2010. A different kind of space with a contemporary multicultural programme designed to offer experiences to all the target publics.
Azkuna Zentroa treats both the local and global as equals, supporting the consolidation of Bilbao as an international destination.