The Cristóbal Balenciaga Museoa collection consists of approximately 1.600 pieces and is not only the most extensive collection of Balenciaga creations in the world
but also the most representative both in terms of quality and the time span covered. It undoubtedly takes pride of place among the most important fashion collections on
the international scene today. The Balenciaga Museum is housed in a newly built annex to Palacio Aldamar. This majestic villa, on a hilltop overlooking Getaria, was the residence of the Marqués and Marquesa of Casa Torres, grandparents to Queen Fabiola of Belgium and mentors to Balenciaga during the early days of his career. The Cuban architect Julián Argilagos was responsible for the volumetric and structural concept for the new building which annexes the Palacio. It is a large, long, curved space, trapezoidal in section, complete with an integrated floor-toceiling glass wall. Inside the building there are three suspended areas which house the galleries.