Puerto Madero and Catalina's, Buenos Aires
This is a district of Buenos Aires which occupies a significant part of Rio de La Plata riverbank. I visited this area with a friend and was very surprised by the brand new buildings all around, she told me most of them were made by washed money and corruption. I have no idea if her theory is true or not but this is definitily the area which is developing faster at the moment in the city. Streets in Puerto Madero area are all named after women and the Puente de la Mujeres(women bridge) by the spanish architect Calatrava is the prove that the popular architect can do better bridges than the orrible one in Venice.
Puerto Madero's signature monument is the majestic Puente de la Mujer (Women's Bridge), a masterpiece of Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, famed for his unusual approach to public architecture. Some of his major projects and most beautiful works of art are Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciencies in Valencia, Milwaukee Art Museum, Estaçao do Oriente in Lisbon, Montjuic Communications Tower in Barcelona and Turning Torso in Malmo.
The elegant Puente de la Mujer is the first work that the architect and engineer Santiago Calatrava built in Latin America. It was opened in 2001. This footbridge is 160 m long, 5 m wide and the metallic arm is 39 m high, and it is prepared to move up whenever a ship has to get through. Calatrava is said to have listened to tango music while designing the bridge and intended it to be an abstraction of a couple dancing, where the white mast represents the man and the curved profile of the bridge is the woman.
The name of the bridge also refers to the naming pattern of Puerto Madero, where all the streets are named for important women. It's the only major city in the world with such a neighbourhood.
Puerto Madero refers to a fairly long area where the old docks used to function and where now (after a succesful recycling effort in the mid-90s) a variety of restaurants, bars and other business have set shop. The long explanade that connects all the buildings makes for a great walk on a warm summer night, and you can find every type of food ina very short span. There's also a couple of museum ships (the Fragata Sarmiento and Corbeta Uruguay) that are worth a visit.
For more info, there's a Tourist Info Center on Dock 1 (the closest to Avenida Cordoba) by the large crane, which is open from 10 AM to 2 PM and 3 PM to 6 PM
To access it, walk down Avenida Cordoba, past Avenida Alem and hang a right when you get to the water - the start of the restaurants and bars is right there and goes all the way past the Casa Rosada.
This is a place reclaimed from abandoned docks. It now has great office buildings, restaurants and entertainment spots.
It is also a place where young people pour in on the weekends to cut loose.
I went to a restaurant called Rodizio over here. It was pretty good.
Puerto Madero was Buenos Aires's port, and now, renewed and beautiful, is a touristic neighborhood, close to downtown, with many restaurants, exclusive lofts, the Hilton hotel (very good hotel by the way) and a private university. This picture was taken at "El puente de la mujer" bridge.
This ship is moored at Dique 3 in Puerto Madero, behind the Microcentro neighborhood.
From the mid XIX century to 1946, this ship was the school and flagship of the Argentine navy. It served as a training facility to the cadets of the Navy on their first tour of duty prior to their graduation as naval officers.
It is a ship of sober and stylized lines, capable of sailing using the wind or by a coal fueled steam engine as power source. It measures around 30 yards long, and it is 10 yards wide. It sported many technological advances for the time: an engineering room with a mechanical lathe, a Siebe-Gorman submersion system, and a torpedo launching tube mounted on the bow.
The Frigate sailed multiple times around the world, always with a fresh crew of cadets and officers. It visited many ports in Europe, Asia and the Americas... and now is a floating museum of the proud naval history of the country.
The original warehouses of Puerto Madero were constructed in late 19th century by Eduardo Madero. They were recently renovated and turned into offices and restaurants. Puerto Madero is very fashionable now and these restaurants are amongst the more expensive in Bs As.
The renovation included the whole area, the docks, parks, squares, promenades. It gave it a look of a brand new quarter, indeed, very nice for walking or having something to eat.
Typical sight from north to south of Puerto Madero ...one of the posh places in Buenos Aires to have a meal or drink something .... i didnt go to the southernmost area....to " Reserva costanera sur" ,..i was lazy lol... but im sure it worth a stroll there
Formerly it was just the main harbour but some years ago it became a cosy place for locals and trendy actually
It is an old war ship of the Argentinean navy that stays in Dársena Norte, close to the peer number 4 of Puerto Madero. From May to November it travels around the world as a school vessel for marine rookies. The rest of the year hosts a musem and the entrance is free.
This is the an old run down dock area full of rats that in our days turned to a high class district (it’s very expensive to have a house here, especially one apartment that overlooks the river). The old abandoned warehouses will give you an idea how the area looked like some years before. The massive renewal of the area at the early 90s transformed the area into a nice barrio full of good restaurants and cafes. The prices are more expensive but it’s worth to visit at least once. All the streets in Puerto Madero have names of important women of Argentine history!
You can just walk next to the river with your loved one and admire the view or just see the Puente de la Mujer (the famous bridge of Calatrava)
The Woman Bridge is another bridge of Santiago Calatrava the famous architect from Spain. This is his first bridge in Latin America and I hope the last one because it’s really boring seeing the same lyra style everywhere. It’s 160 metres long and it’s a turning bridge because of the passing ships (in fact all the bridges here open for that reason). They say the shape of the bridge shows a couple dancing tango!!!
Este puente peatonal y giratorio es la primera obra del arquitecto e ingeniero valenciano(España) Santiago Calatrava que se construye en América del Sur.
Tiene 160 metros de largo y seis de ancho. Su mástil metálico se eleva 39 metros. El puente está preparado para moverse cada vez que una embarcación necesita pasar.
El perfil plástico del puente es interpretado por el autor como la figura de una pareja que baila tango, donde el mástil blanco representa al hombre y la silueta curva del puente la mujer
This pedestrian and turning bridge is the first work of the Valencia (Spain) Engineer Santiago Calatrava built in South America
It has 160m long and 6 m width . The metallic mast reaches 39m . The bridge is prepared to to move each time that a ship needs to pass
The plastic profile of the bridge is understood by the author as the figure of a couple dancing tango , where the white mast is the man and the curved shape of the bridge is the woman
The red-brick previous dock houses have been turned into restaurants, offices and a cinema. No cheap resto's, but trendy, once being in BsAs and visiting the old harbour, why not ?!
I visited this part of BsAs by bike, nice experience and so close to the popular "la Boca"
Just five blocks away from San Telmo (turn to the right on Defensa) lies Puerto Madero.
This is a completely renovated part of the town, situated between the Rio de la Plata and the city centre. It stretches around four old harbours (‘diques’) and it just looks like a complete different city.
On the east side of the water we saw a lot of the most modern buildings, now housing hotels and offices. On the other (west) side the buildings are renovated docks with their specific red bricks, housing apartments and on the ground floor lots of shops, café’s and restaurants. It was just great fun to stroll along these harbours.
The are still two (old) vessels in the water. Both - Corvette Uruguay and Frigate Sarmiento - are museums and can be visited daily. Together with some remaining harbour cranes they give the area a special atmosphere.
Bridge of the Woman was designed by Santiago Calatrava. The pedestrian bridge is broken up into three parts, two static and one mobile. The central part of the bridge was constructed to rotate 90 degrees to allow water traffic to pass. The way it opens and the way the weight is rested is really smart. The $6 million bridge was donated by one family, it was built in Spain and taken to Buenos Aires in parts over five months.
To see more pics have a look in the travelogue.
Other famous Calatrava's designs are: Olympic Stadium in Athens, Alamillo Bridge in Sevilla, Monjuic Tower in Barcelona, Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias in Valencia.
Puerto Madero is situated in the east of the city centre where there are the 19th Century Docks. The docks have been redeveloped and regenerated to a residential area along with expensive restaurants and hotels. A lot of the former warehouses and dockyards have been restored. There are a couple of attractions of interest, Fragata Presidente Sarmiento, a museum, and the Reserva Ecologica. You can able to cross the Puente del la Mujer from the barrio to the city centre.