Bilbao Arena Building, Professional Basketball Stadium, Community Sports Centre

Bilbao Arena : Basque Sports Building

Basketball Stadium + Community Facilities, Spain – design by Idom UK

2 Jul 2012

Bilbao Arena and Sports Centre

Design: Idom UK

Location: Miribilla, Bilbao, Spain

Address: Askatasuna Hiribidea, 13, 48003 Bilbao, Bizkaia, Spain

RIBA Awards 2012 Citation:

Bilbao Arena

This 20,000 seat professional basketball stadium and community sports centre is perched on a grassy outcrop, its veil of green painted steel ‘leaves’ hanging five metres beyond the world-class basketball arena inside. This creates an exterior service zone (like the branches of a tree) for the building’s gloriously accessible array of air-handling equipment.

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photos : Jorge Allende

In total contrast, the sports centre is a cave carved from the ferrous rock. Low-level pool lighting and dark materials give this ‘local public amenity’ space an aura of five star hotel glamour and tranquility.

Bilbao Arena – Building Information

Scheme name: Bilbao Arena and Sports Centre
Practice: Idom
Client: Azpiegiturak
Photographs: Jorge Allende

Bilbao Arena – RIBA Awards winner, 2012

Bilbao Arena Sports Centre images / information from RIBA

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