Alhóndiga Cultural and Leisure Center
by Philippe Starck

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Alhondiga Cultural and Leisure Center by Philippe Starck

French designer Philippe Starck has completed the renovation of a former wine cellar in Bilbao to create a new culture and leisure centre for the city.

Alhondiga Cultural and Leisure Center by Philippe Starck

Alhóndiga Bilbao Cultural and Leisure Centre comprises three main buildings within the existing structure, which was originally constructed in 1909.

Alhondiga Cultural and Leisure Center by Philippe Starck

A six thousand square-metre indoor plaza on the ground floor is punctuated by 43 pillars that support the three new buildings: a media library, complimentary activities centre and physical education complex.

Alhondiga Cultural and Leisure Center by Philippe Starck

The centre includes leisure areas, cinemas, an exhibition hall, a theatre, shops, restaurants and an auditorium.

Alhondiga Cultural and Leisure Center by Philippe Starck

The roof houses a sun terrace and enclosed swimming pool, with transparent roof and floor that can be viewed from the plaza below.

Alhondiga Cultural and Leisure Center by Philippe Starck

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Under the Gran Plaza is a basement that houses cinemas, exhibition spaces and a theatre for four-hundred spectators.

Alhóndiga Cultural and Leisure Center by Philippe Starck

Here's some more from the designers:


THE BUILDING

"AlhóndigaBilbao is going to revolutionise the human energy that moves this city"

Philippe Starck, author of the project

Alhóndiga Cultural and Leisure Center by Philippe Starck

AlhóndigaBilbao comes alive as the result of the work of the reputed French industrial designer.

Alhóndiga Cultural and Leisure Center by Philippe Starck

It is a completely open space for the creation of ideas, movement and tendencies; an exceptional space for citizens to create the necessary energy for the artistic-cultural growth of our city.

Alhóndiga Cultural and Leisure Center by Philippe Starck

The new Alhondiga is located on the framework of the former wine cellar that Ricardo Bastida designed in 1909 to revitalise the Albia area. The young architect created a great industrial building, both functional and pioneer for its time.

Alhóndiga Cultural and Leisure Center by Philippe Starck

Its foundations bear witness to an eternity that Philippe Starck now turns into a space which is intended to be the neurological centre of Bilbao culture.

Alhóndiga Cultural and Leisure Center by Philippe Starck

An ambitious challenge which Starck fulfils thanks to simple interior design yet full of surprises; architectural metaphors that will surprise professionals and amateurs in the field alike and which has suceded in breaking, once and for all, the failed remodelling projects for a building that was declared a Cultural Monument Site in 1998.

Alhóndiga Cultural and Leisure Center by Philippe Starck

INSIDE ALHÓNDIGA BILBAO

Those who cross the AlhóndigaBilbao ‘s threshold will be received by the "Gran Plaza Central", an area of 6,193 m2 surrounded by a colonnade with 43 pillars with the task of supporting the internal buildings in the shape of a cube.

Alhóndiga Cultural and Leisure Center by Philippe Starck

These three themed buildings (knowledge, well-being and leisure) make up a multi-purpose area of almost 40,000 square metres, each divided into three floors.

Alhóndiga Cultural and Leisure Center by Philippe Starck

The basements are accessed from this meeting point, to reach the leisure area, cinemas, exhibition hall and the theatre and an auditorium for 400 spectators. To round it off, the visitor can go up to the magnificent "Sun Terrace", where the Alhóndiga’s urban spa is located,.

Alhóndiga Cultural and Leisure Center by Philippe Starck

This will be the admiration of visitors entering from downstairs, thanks to the transparent bottom of its swimming pools. An enormous projection screen hangs in the centre of the Alhóndiga universe, where young artists will be able to display their creations sharing space with an enormous virtual sun, a star that will illuminate the interior and provide the energy and heat required for the perfect genesis of the Starck project.

Alhóndiga Cultural and Leisure Center by Philippe Starck

THE THREE CUBES

Media Library

(3,800 m2 surface area, 3 floors). A 'new' concept of libraries understood as the fabric of social space.

Alhóndiga Cultural and Leisure Center by Philippe Starck

A meeting point for cultural tendencies in which it is possible to enjoy audiovisual presentations, attend training workshops, listen to music or simply have fun, as well as making bibliographic consultations.

Alhóndiga Cultural and Leisure Center by Philippe Starck

Physical Education Building

(2676 m2 surface area, 2 floors with a double height). This is an ideal space for relaxation, health and physical development. The corridor to the upper swimming pools and changing rooms leads off from here .

Alhóndiga Cultural and Leisure Center by Philippe Starck

The gym has the most modern equipment and is flanked by perimeter monitors with live broadcasts for the enjoyment of users, who will be able to exercise whilst watching their favourite TV programme.

Alhóndiga Cultural and Leisure Center by Philippe Starck

Complementary Activities Building

(3.800 m2 surface area, 3 floors). The first two floors of this building are for public use, whilst the third floor is solely for facilities.

Alhóndiga Cultural and Leisure Center by Philippe Starck

The Higher Centre for Stage Arts of the Basque Country will be housed h ere , which shares space with the leisure area, led by the Yandiola restaurant-buffet and the Alhóndiga shop, where an important selection of objects designed by Philippe Starck can be found.


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  • mmm

    What happened to Philippe Starck? He survived the death of design and came out stronger?

  • yuki

    Stronger than before !

  • Mik
  • http://www.individual.cl/ æon

    the curved bricks are incredible

  • hacedeca

    I have no idea what the building was like before, but this looks like the transformation of a castle into a loft. Downgrading…

    The other way around would be cooler.

  • Someone

    Excellent, except for one minor point – the pool would have to be emptied every time a lightbulb in the poolhall needs replacing. Rule no. 1 of swimming pool design – Don't put lights over the water area unless you're incorporating gantries.

  • http://www.saimanmiah.com Saiman

    Brickies can learn something here. Bravo.

    Love the look of the the brick interior, looks as though its suspended with the steel access bridges linking the buildings together.