Puerto Madero, young and beautiful
One of the youngest neighborhoods in the city and an attractive gastronomic hub.
At the end of the 19th century, it was decided to provide the city with adequate port infrastructure, which gave rise to an important debate around two projects: that of the engineer Luis A. Huergo and that of the merchant Eduardo Madero. Madero's proposal, which foresaw the location of the port in the vicinity of the Plaza de Mayo, was approved by the National Congress in 1882 and the works were inaugurated in 1897. Later, at the beginning of the 20th century, the warehouses were built. of red brick that today constitute the image of the neighborhood.
Finally, around 1916, Costanera Avenue was laid out, one of the favorite walks of the city's inhabitants, where the Municipal Spa was located. Due to the fact that Madero's project became obsolete very soon as it did not take into account the growing size of cargo ships, a New Port was built between 1911 and 1930, leaving the area abandoned for more than 50 years.
In 1989 it was decided to rescue the old port area to integrate the City to the river. The project, led by the Corporación Antiguo Puerto Madero (a mixed company made up of the national and city governments) involved the recovery of 170 hectares for housing and public space. This neighborhood, whose streets pay tribute to outstanding women in Argentine history, soon became an exclusive residential, gastronomic and business center of the city.
The Puente de la Mujer, one of the emblems of the Puerto Madero neighborhood, is the first work in Latin America by the renowned Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava and represents another sign that the City permanently seeks to position itself at the forefront of art and architecture in the entire region.
It is a rotating pedestrian bridge with one of the largest turning mechanisms in the world, designed to allow the passage of sailing boats that navigate the Puerto Madero docks. The work, made in Spain and donated to the City by an individual, represents the image of a couple dancing the tango, where the white mast symbolizes the man and the curved silhouette of the bridge the woman.