11 May ISOZAKI ATEA TOWERS
ISOZAKI ATEA TOWERS
Designed by Japanese and Basque architects Arata Isozaki and Iñaki Aurrekoetxea, construction began on this seven building complex in 2003, following the demolition of the Bilbao Bonded Warehouse.
Though the towers undoubtedly demanded technical expertise, the screen-like distribution of the five smaller buildings, which make use of the site’s existing foundations, interestingly posed the most significant challenge. A square, together with a staircase measuring more than 70 metres in length, were built to overcome the difference in height between the estuary and the Ensanche district. The choice of different finishes is intended to differentiate this building complex from the average large-scale housing development.