The Euskalduna Conference Centre and Concert Hall (Palacio Euskalduna, in Spanish),(Euskalduna Jauregia, in Basque) is located in the city of Bilbao, in the Basque Country (Spain), beside the Estuary of Bilbao, built in part of the area that was formerly occupied by the Euskalduna shipyards.
It was designed by architects Federico Soriano and Dolores Palacios, inaugurated in February 1999 and contains a variety of spaces, functioning as a conference center, opera house and concert hall. It also houses the Bilbao Symphony Orchestra (BOS), founded in 1920.
In 2003 it was declared by the International Congress Palace Association as the world’s best congress center. The building is the venue of most of the Music and Theatre events in Bilbao along with Arriaga and Campos Eliseos Theatre buildings.
Close to the Euskalduna Palace there are urban-art works such as the well-known “Tree Forest”: some street lamps grouped in the shape of a forest.
Construction started in 1994 and inaugurated in February 1999 , the Palace represents the consolidation of the music and conferences activities that contributes highly to the comercial turism of the city.
The Palace is 53 meters high, 7 levels, and the main front is over the river, covered by rusty iron planks paying this way homage to the traditional navy and iron industry of Bilbao.