Where was Blade Runner 2049 filmed?

Blade Runner 2049 filming locations
Posted by Ra Moon
The sequel of Ridley Scott’s classic sci-fi masterpiece arrives 35 years later. Greeted with strong reviews, Blade Runner 2049 feels like an extension of the original movie that featured stunning visual environments, a mind-blowing story and the unforgettable soundtrack from Vangelis.

Ryan Gosling plays Officer K, an android hunter known as a “blade runner”, and Harrison Ford returns to his role as Rick Deckard. After the acclaimed Arrival, Canadian film director Denis Villeneuve had the responsibility to bring this ambitious project to success.

Blade Runner 2049 was filmed basically in Budapest, at Origo and Korda Studios, although additional shooting also took place in Spain, Iceland, Mexico and Nevada in the United States. The Hungarian city provided world-class sound stages combined with beautiful Art Nouveau and Brutalist architecture. The film is set in a dystopian future of Los Angeles and Las Vegas, suffocated by a toxic climate. These are the spoiler-free filming locations of the movie:

Blade Runner 2049 Filmed
The facade of this edifice, engulfed by a sandstorm in 2049 Las Vegas, was built in a set. The production tried to avoid using green screens and CGI as much as possible, filming on camera all the scenes that they could.
Image by courtesy of Warner Bros Pictures




Blade Runner 2049 City
The interiors of the vintage casino in Las Vegas were filmed in the old Budapest Stock Exchange Palace (also known as the MTV building) in Liberty Square in Budapest. Image by courtesy of Warner Bros Pictures and M3peti - Map


Blade Runner 2049 Budapest
Exteriors for K's apartment and the snowy street where Ryan Gosling is walking down, was set at the junction of Szalay and Honvéd streets in Budapest. Image by courtesy of Warner Bros Pictures and Google Maps


Blade Runner 2049 shipyard
The shipyard was filmed in an abandoned power plant, digitally altered to make it look rounder. It is located in an old industrial complex in the outskirts of Budapest.
Image by courtesy of Warner Bros Pictures and Vnately Altstadter


Blade Runner 2049 Location
Many locations are just studio sets. The crew built everything, including the cool Peugeot flying car with scissor doors. Images by courtesy of Warner Bros Pictures




Where does Blade Runner 2049 takes place
Also like in the original Blade Runner, some sequences were made using crafted miniatures, made by Weta Workshop in New Zealand. By the way, LAPD stands for Los Angeles Police Department.
Images by courtesy of Warner Bros Pictures


Where is Blade Runner 2049 set
You can only hang out in Bibi's bar in Blade Runner's cinematographic version of LA (and also in Comic-Con 2017, where it was reproduced). Images by courtesy of Warner Bros Pictures


Blade Runner 2049 where filmed
Do the amazing rooms of Wallace corporation exist somewhere? There is a corridor at Casa Gilardi in Mexico City that is identical to one of the rooms the characters pass through. Images by courtesy of Warner Bros Pictures


Blade Runner 2 filming locations
The hall of Wallace's office was a design for the unbuilt Neanderthal Museum in Piloña, Spain by Estudio Barozzi Veiga. Concept Artist for Bladerunner 2049, Peter Popken, had permission from the architectural firm to use a version of this image in the film. Images by courtesy of Warner Bros Pictures and Estudio Barozzi Veiga




Blade Runner 2049 filming
Some aerial shots were filmed in Nevada (the Valley of Fire, the skyline of Las Vegas and maybe the solar power plants in the Mojave Desert near the border with California), Iceland (the cloudy black sand desert, flying over a rough sea), and the favelas (slums) in Mexico City. Images by courtesy of Warner Bros Pictures


Blade Runner filming locations
Also a small team was sent to Spain to film the sea of greenhouses in El Ejido (Almería), and the Gemasolar Power Station near Seville. Image by Pere Papasseit



Blade Runner lieux du tournage
In an interview with LMGI, location manager Emma Pill commented that the place where K meets the Replicant Freedom Movement, with concrete pyramids coming down from the ceiling, is an actual location. They found it in the basement of a massive, abandoned, building somewhere in the Hungarian capital city.
Images by courtesy of Warner Bros Pictures


Blade Runner 2049 shooting locations
The seashore at the end of the movie was shot in a huge water tank that took eight weeks to built in the studios in Budapest. Here is a cool video about this set. Images by courtesy of Warner Bros Pictures and Tested


Blade Runner drehorte

Can you help to improve this article about the filming locations for Blade Runner 2049? To complete and correct this report, any feedback, info or images that you may have are more than welcome, thank you!

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For further information, go behind the scenes with The Art and Soul of Blade Runner 2049, the book that could answer our questions about this exceptional production. Also don't miss out on the superlative soundtrack by Hans Zimmer (Interstellar, The Lion King) and Benjamin Wallfisch (It, Dunkirk).

Do you know that there are eight different versions of Ridley Scott’s 1982 Blade Runner? The Final Cut, edited in 2007 is considered by many to be the definitive version of the original film:

    

23 comments

  1. I think the aerial images in the begging of the movie, the big greenhouses area it's the part filmed in Spain. A place called El Ejido, in Almería, famous for being visible from space.

    Calle Cicerón
    Calle Cicerón, 04715 El Ejido, Almería

    https://goo.gl/maps/7FqtK8A2wf42

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  2. I think the aerial images of the solar power station at the beginning (just before the greenhouses) are from NOOR III solar power station near Ouarzazate Morocco.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ouarzazate_Solar_Power_Station
    https://goo.gl/maps/W5f4EpJwkj72
    http://dilus.es/web2/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/gemasolar-600x375.jpg

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    1. Thank you, though this may not be the power station seen in the movie.

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  3. Edit to my previous post: in fact it's more likely to be the Gemasolar Power Plan near Seville Spain which is not very far from the greenhouses (250 km)
    https://goo.gl/maps/vie8w7H32KR2
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1393879/Gemasolar-Power-Plant-The-worlds-solar-power-station-generates-electricity-NIGHT.html

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  4. I was curious, when did they beging actually filming 2049 ? 2015?

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  5. The steel scrap yard might be the ship recycling operation in Alang, India. Link: https://www.google.com.pr/search?q=ship+breaking+alang&rlz=1C5CHFA_enPR737PR737&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjnjeHb24bXAhXG0SYKHVUrCDQQsAQINg&biw=1333&bih=755&dpr=2

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  6. hi guys, Im in Budapest this week, trying to find this old Budapest Stock Exchange Palace building in Liberty Square, but i cant see it. Any help appreciated - is it around here?
    https://www.google.hr/maps/@47.4991519,19.0514401,444a,35y,351.56h,56.2t/data=!3m1!1e3?hl=en

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    1. It's very easy Eddie, there's a link to the map below the caption of the palace, with the excat location: https://goo.gl/maps/Lq11VnF7grs

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  7. That railing, towards the end of the movie: what building is it in?

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  8. Where is located the 'beach' or seashore at the end of the movie?

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    1. Thanks a lot, but where is it located?

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    4. Note: To protect the old power plant from vandalism, we decided to remove the name and location of this place from our article. Thanks for your understanding.

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  10. You can find K's apartment in Budapest at the crossing of Honved utca and Szalay utca.
    https://goo.gl/maps/Wyzmf8Efd7T2

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  11. Does anyone know where the exteriors of the “memory maker building” were shot? (This is the building in the final scene where K lies down on the steps.

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  12. According to these, the abandoned power plant is in Budapest, someone else has also visited it but unfortunately there is no details where there exactly:

    https://www.instagram.com/p/BbNPeWOnWeY/?taken-by=davidderueda
    https://www.boredpanda.com/photos-cold-war-buildings-david-de-rueda/

    As for the memory lab exterior, I don't believe it is a real building, in the Making of document on Blu-ray it seemed to be just a studio set.

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  13. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nsy7P48EL2o Seen this? Can't figure out what he says the name of the Studio is.

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