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2014 AWARDED. Procesos Arquitectónicos CSCAE. Adaptation of the San Jerónimo Convent in the Hospedería de Herrera del Duque.

2014 THIRD PRIZE. International Competition WT Smart City Awards in Milan. Italy

2013 AWARDED. Arquitectura en Positivo CSCAE. More House in Castro Urdiales. Spain


competitions selection


2018 THIRD PRIZE.  Ideas Competition "El Campillo". Badajoz. Extremadura. Spain

2017 ACCÉSIT Ideas Competition Manzana del Palacio Escoriaza - Esquivel en Vitoria Gasteiz

2016 FINALIST. 2nd round. International Ideas Competition New Town Hall for Prague 7 District. Prague. Czech Republic

2016 HIGHLIGHTED ENTRY. International Ideas Competition newaarch New School of Architecture in Aarhus. Denmark

2015 MENTION EUROPAN 13. International Competition in Stavanger. Norway

2015 FINALIST. Ideas Competition Biblioteca en el Antiguo Cuartel de Policía Local en Almería. Spain

2014 SPECIAL MENTION. Ideas Competition for the new Euskal Herria square and Fronton in Orkoien

2013 THIRD PRIZE. International  Ideas Competition Baltic Sea Art Park in Pärnu. Estonia

2013 PRESELECTED EUROPAN 12. International Competition in Don Benito. Spain

2011 SHORTLISTED. International Ideas Competition Liesma Hotel in Jurmala. Latvia

2010 FIRST PRIZE. Ideas Competition Adaptation of the San Jerónimo Convent in the Hospedería de Herrera del Duque. Badajoz. Spain

2010 SECOND PRIZE. Ideas Competition for the Gernikako Arbola Square in Urretxu. Gipuzkoa. Spain

2009 THIRD PRIZE. International Ideas Competition Bcc Basque Culinary Centre in San Sebastian. Gipuzkoa. Spain

2008 FIRST PRIZE. Competition Ideas Rehabilitation Old mine tunnels and redevelopment of the Ocharan area in Castro Urdiales. Spain

2008 SECOND PRIZE. Competition Ideas Rehabilitation and extension of the Bake-Eder Palace as office dwellings in Getxo. Bizkaia. Spain

2008 SPECIAL MENTION. Ideas Competition. Adaptation of the San Juan de Dios Convent in the Hospedería de Olivenza. Badajoz. Spain

2007 FIRST PRIZE. Competition 58 public dwellings in Huesca. Aragon. Spain

2007 SECOND PRIZE. Ideas Competition Underground parking and new España Square in Arnedo. La Rioja. Spain

2007 SHORTLISTED. Ideas Competition Fiscalia Building in Justice Campus Madrid. Spain

2006 SECOND PRIZE. Ideas Competition Inteco. National Institute of Telecommunications of the Government of Spain. Leon. Spain

2006 SECOND PRIZE. Ideas Competition of Redevelopment of the Armintza borough

2006 SHORTLISTED. Ideas Competition "Soluciones Urbanas. Propuestas de Futuro" CSCAE


publications _ books, magazines


2017 ACHA ZABALLA ARQUITECTOS | Indigo. A Blue-Green Approach OFL Lectures ISBN: 9788894139457

2016 EUROPAN 13 España Adaptable city 2. Book of results (Page. 138-139) ISBN: 978-84-937270-7-9

2016 EUROPAN 13 RESULTS CATALOGUE Adaptable city 2. Book of results (Page. 179) ISBN: 978-2-914296-30-4

2015 EUROPAN NORWAY 13 Adaptable city 2. Book of results (Page. 124-127) ISBN: 978-82-92960-06-6

2015 On Diseño nº350 "35 emeging architects-35 arquitectos emergentes" (Page. 56-59) ISSN: 0210-2080

2014 WA wettberwerbe aktuell nº2/2014. Freiburg. Germany (Page. 30) ISNN: 0177-9788

2014 ARCHITECTURE CULTURE nº 396. 월간 건축문화 건축문화 1405 (396호) Korea (Page. 132.135) ISNN: 1227-0903

2012 7K ZAZPIKA GARAren aldizkaria. nº 818 (Page. 42-43)

2013 On Diseño nº334 "Sport Facilities/ Public Space" (Page. 44-49) ISSN: 0210-2080

2013 VIA CONSTRUCCION nº 111-112 (Page 3435)

2012 ALDIRI Arkitektura eta Abar nº11 Kirolaren Bueltan. (Page. 20-22) ISNN: 1889-7185

2012 7K ZAZPIKA GARAren aldizkaria. nº 716 (Page. 44-45)

2011 Architecture competitions in Extremadura (Page. 42-45) Vol.06. ISBN: 978/84-9852-233-4

2010 AV PROYECTOS  nº 40. (Page. 46-47) ISNN: 1697-493X

2011 Architecture competitions in Extremadura (Page. 238-239) Vol.04. ISBN: 978/84-9852-182-5

2009 Future arquitecturas 19/20. Madrid, Spain. (Page. 98-99) EMAP ISSN: 1885-8228

2009 Future arquitecturas 30/31. Madrid, Spain. (Page. 12-15) EMAP ISSN: 1390-6054

2008 Edificio de la Fiscalía Competition. EA editorial OCAM  (Page. 59) ISBN: 978-84-96656-47-5

2006 Arquitectos 178. Construcción de la ciudad. CSCAE. (Page 88,100) ISSN: 0214-1124




2017 ACHA ZABALLA ARQUITECTOS "a blue - green approach"  COAVN, Official Chamber of Basque Navarre Architects. Bilbao

2016 SAFARI#35 SAF, Stavanger Arkitektforening. Stavanger. Norway

2016 Inauguration of European Capital of Culture year 2016. Museum Rezola. Donostia

2014 Proyectar Bilbao. COAVN. Bilbao. Grupo Vía

2013 Innova Youth Meeting. Madrid. Atari Cultura Arquitectónica. Grupo Via

2012 Architectes Basques <40 Pavillon de l´architecture PAU. France Atari.Ka

2011 COAVN. Bilbao




2018 Ideas Competition "El Campillo". Las Casas Mudéjares Badajoz. Extremadura. Spain

2016 "new town hall for Prague 7 District", New Prague 7 Town Hall. Prague. Czech Republic

2016 "the adaptable city 2" Europan 13 Col·legi Oficial d´Arquitectes de les Illes Balears, COAIB. Palma de Mallorca. Spain

2016 "newaarch New School of Architecture in Aarhus", Nørreport 22, Aarhus School of Architecture. Aarhus. Denmark

2015 "diálogos. arquitectura vizcaína s.XXI" ETSASS Escuela Ténica Superios Arquitectura San Sebastian.

2015 "diálogos. arquitectura vizcaína s.XXI" Sala Diputación" Bilbao

2015 "diálogos. arquitectura vizcaína s.XXI" Metro Bilbao

2014  WT Smart City Awards in Milan. Italy

2014 "architectur competition baltic sea art park", Museum of Architecture. Tallin .Estonia

2014 "architectur competition tartu wardolf center", Museum of Architecture. Tallin .Estonia

2013 "arquitectura sostenible" musuem cementos rezola. Donosti. Atari Ka

2012  “National and university library NUK II Competition” Museum for architecture and design, Fužine castle, Pot na Fužine 2, Ljubljana.

2010  Exhibition "Hospederia Herrera del Duque Competition" at the Palacio de Congresos de Mérida. Badajoz, Spain







Acha Zaballa Arquitectos is an architecture office founded by architects Cristina Acha Odriozola and Miguel Zaballa Llano in 2006.

A continuous process of research and innovation is developed through the architectural work without limits of scale. Common to their diverse projects is the combination of efficiency and imagination to emerge new synergies and relations that remain hidden on each specific context, and as in a magic trick ‘abracadabra’ brings a new approach into what seems obvious.

Some of their notable projects are the Hotel in Herrera del Duque – rehabilitation and extension of the XV sc. Convent of Saint Jerome in Badajoz; the rehabilitation of the Mine Tunnels and redevelopment of the surrounding protected area in Castro Urdiales; the Fronton in Armintza; a 70 public dwellings building in Huesca; the MORE-house.

In 2015 the office was selected as one of the 35 emerging Spanish teams by On Diseño architectural publisher.

Their projects have been wide published in magazines, blogs and specialized media in architecture.



Cristina Acha Odriozola

She graduated from the School of Architecture of the University of Navarre in 1999.

In 1999 she takes part in the refurbishment for a business incubator of the Nave Ilgner – central electrical supplier for the AAHH of Biscay Factory- built in 1927, in collaboration with Jose Luis Burgos principal architect at Mecsa.

In 2000 she joins Tecnei Arquitectura and as Project Architect she develops a wide range of works from private dwellings to public facilities and landscape projects such as 1240 dwellings in Barakaldo, residences for the elderly in Lujua and Bilbao, the project design for the Mina del Morro Park in Bilbao among others.

From 2006 to nowadays she is principal of Acha Zaballa Arquitectos

She was responsible of contents and programming as scientific secretariat of the BIA Urban Regeneration Forum Towards living cities held in Bilbao in September 2014.



Miguel Zaballa Llano

He graduated from the School of Architecture of the University of the Basque Country in 2005.

From 2003 to 2005 he collaborates in diverse projects for Tecnei Arquitectura under the direction of Emilio Puertas principal architect

From 2005 to 2006 he collaborates in diverse projects for JCAO Arquitectura under the direction of Jose Carlos Anasagasti principal architect, for public and private developers, most notably  the Herri Eskola renovation in Soraluze

From 2006 to nowadays he is principal of Acha Zaballa Arquitectos


From 2013 to 2016 has been board member of the Official Chamber of Basque Navarre Architects
















newaarch,  aarhus. denmark

europan 13, stavanger. norway

psis salesianos, pamplona

rail baltic station parnü. esnia

dss2016 pavillion. san sebastián

MOREhouse. castro urdiales. spain

ocharan area in castro, spain

frontón in armintza. basque country

   dome accommodation, bilbao

hotel in herrera del duque. spain

70 public dwellings in huesca. spain

BIA space. bilbao

kindergarten, erandio

primary school, igorre

guggenheim helsinki. finland













clesa renovation, madrid













alvar aalto museum. finland

forus, norway

prague 7 town hall, czech republic

abando district centre, bilbao

enlightenment museum´el capricho´

playground shade roof,amorebieta

playground shade roof, hernani

sport facilities extension, urnieta

        kömmerling headquarters

         etsae cartagena. spain

  dwellings in el campillo. badajoz

          loft study house, bilbao

palacio escoriaza-esquivel







basque culinary center. bcc

library in almería. spain

mh17 memorial. amsterdam

los bajos space. roquetas. spain

la bastida center. spain

NUK II library ljubliana. slovenia

europan 12 don benito. spain

biskaytik getxo. basque country

euskalherria square. orkoien

vodice borough. slovenia

europan 12 marseille. france

co2 center hontomín. spain

geoliite headquarters jaen. spain

inteco headquarters leon. spain

españa square arnedo. spain

armintza borough

public dwellings. burgo del ebro

public dwellings. portugalete

gernika square. urretxu

faculty of informatics. donosti

office building. getxo

112 center. san javier. spain

apartment in castro urdiales. spain

fiscalia building. madrid

public dwelligs in eibar

ocharan area in castro, spain

errebal space. eibar

cutur center in reinosa. spain

library in daegu. korea

waldorf center in tartu. estonia

liesma hotel jurmala. latvia

ce la inmobiliaria torrelavega. spain

baltic sea art park in parnü. estonia

hotel in olivenza. badajoz. spain

retail space, sestao

   dome accommodation, bilbao

 headquarters in orduña. spain

agora center. a coruña. spain

public dwellings arangoiti. bilbao

museum in alfinden. spain

asti-leku school. portugalete

museum in lugo. spain

work space,  portugalete

casa de la juventud in burgos. spain

apartment refurbishment, bilbao