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The Bibat building, site of the Álava Archaeological Museum

  • Exterior of the Bibat Álava Archaeological Museum building. Vitoria – Gasteiz ©  Quintas. Diputación Foral de Álava

    Exterior of the Bibat Álava Archaeological Museum building. Vitoria – Gasteiz © Quintas. Diputación Foral de Álava



Architecture and civil engineering




Francisco Mangado


Cuchillería Aiztogile kalea, 54
01001 Vitoria
Álava - Araba, Basque Country

A functional, modern and aesthetically pleasing building, perfectly suited to its function of displaying and showcasing in its rooms all the archaeological material in the museum's collection.

It shares an entrance courtyard with the Fournier Playing Cards Museum. The ground floor, on the lower level, is the site of the library and workshops. The entrance level has a function room and a temporary exhibition room. The upper levels house the permanent exhibitions. The floors are connected by means of a main stairway which forms part of the bronze façade of the building.
Its appearance is reminiscent of a chest or a box. In its interior, the colours of the floors and ceilings are very dark, almost black. The rooms are traversed by various prisms of white glass which collect the daytime light from the roof and which also serve as supports for the information panels on the exhibitions.

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Performance by Makaya McCrave at the 2019 Jazz Festival of Vitoria-Gasteiz © Adrián Ruiz de Hierro. Vitoria-Gasteiz Jazz Festival

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Photo of the Year finalist. Fighting Locust Invasion in East Africa © Luis Tato, Spain, for The Washington Post

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Montehermoso Cultural Centre - Vitoria
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