The building was designed by architects Federico Soriano and Dolores Palacios to resemble a ship under construction, because it stands on the site formerly occupied by the Euskalduna shipyard. It won the Enric Miralles award for architecture at the 6th Spanish Architecture Biennial in 2001.

This 58,200 m² multi-purpose complex is located in the heart of the city of Bilbao, it also has a car park for 475 vehicles and is adjacent to a taxi rank and a tram stop of the city’s modern tramway system.

It hosts a wide range of economic, business, academic, political, institutional, social and cultural events. It is the home of the city’s opera season, organised by ABAO (Friends of the Opera of Bilbao), one of the most highly renowned in Spain and indeed Europe. It is also the home base of the Bilbao Symphony Orchestra (BOS), which was founded in 1920 and has been performing since 1922.

The building contains a range of venues for meetings and entertainment purposes (an auditorium, congress halls, meeting rooms, offices, foyers and a splendid exhibition hall) along with service areas featuring storage space, cloakrooms, dressing rooms, rehearsal rooms, etc.

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Gala Dinner Venue: Iberdrola Tower Euskadi Plaza 5, 48009 Bilbao

The tower was built in Abandoibarra, a former industrial area located next to the Nervión river that began to be renewed in the early 1990s and where other emblematic projects such as the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao and the Euskalduna Conference Centre have been built.  The entrance to the tower is located at the Euskadi Plaza and the Gala Dinner will take place in the 24th floor, with a unique view of the city.

The Iberdrola tower, being the highest building of Bilbao (165m), was created by César Pelli, an argentinian architech specialised in vertical architecture and author de las Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur (452m) and of the Crystal Towers in Madrid (249,5m), the second tallest building in Spain.