Originally a wine warehouse, it was designed by Basque architect Ricardo Bastida and inaugurated in 1909. However, in the 1970s, a new warehouse was planned and the Alhóndiga was abandoned. Several projects were suggested, ranging from public housing, a museum of modern art, or even demolishing the entire building, but all were scrapped. Finally, in 1994 it was decided to renovate it and it build a sports and culture centre. The Basque Government decided to declare the building "Public Property of Cultural Interest" in 1999.
Three mouth ago I went to "La Alhóndiga Bilbao" and I was fascinating with the 43 different columns that stretch the Alhóndiga. It was incredible, a lot of columns built in several stiles. It took photos of some of them.