Modern Architecture Walking Tour, Buenos Aires

Over the course of the first half of the 20th Century, a new form of modern architecture emerged in Buenos Aires as a result of social and political changes. This modern architecture was encouraged by advances in technology and engineering. The style is typified by diversity of form, complexity of structure and the volume of metal and plastic used. There are many examples of such modern architecture around the city, including many with significant local involvement.
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Guide Name: Modern Architecture Walking Tour
Guide Location: Argentina » Buenos Aires (See other walking tours in Buenos Aires)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 4 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 9.6 km
Author: irenes
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El Faro Towers

1) El Faro Towers

The El Faro Towers are twin skyscrapers located in the Puerto Madero neighborhood of Buenos Aires. At the time of completion in 2004, it was the tallest structure in the city and continued to be the tallest until 2008.

The plan of building the El Faro Towers began in 1999 when developers began rejuvenating the dilapidated Puerto Madero dock area of the city. The building was designed by the Buenos Aires firm of architects, Dujovne Hirsh and Associates. The plan was approved in the year 2000 and construction began in 2001. The façade and engineering was performed by the engineering firm Obras Metalicas. The steel and concrete modernist style building was completed in 2005

The El Faro Towers consists of 160 luxury residential apartments. Each tower is 520 feet high and is connected to the other by four sky bridges. A reading and relaxation lounge is located within the highest sky bridge commanding spectacular views of the city, the river and the nearby eco reserve. The structure has a floor space of 615,600 square feet, 46 floors above the ground and two floors below the ground. Amenities within the structure include an outdoor swimming pool, spa, gym, tennis court, solarium and two underground parking facilities for residents and guests.
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Banco de Londres y América Del Sur

2) Banco de Londres y América Del Sur

The Banco de Londres y América Del Sur or the Bank of London and South America building is one of the finest examples of Brutalist architecture in Buenos Aires. From 1997, the offices of the Mortgage Bank or Banco Hipotecario are located here.

The Banco de Londres y América Del Sur or BOLSA was incorporated in England as the London Buenos Ayres and River Plate Bank in 1862. The headquarters were located in Buenos Aires and the bank had interests in other parts of Argentina and South America. In 1959, the bank located a piece of land in a street corner of the Central Business District of Buenos Aires. The location was strategic because it was here that over half of the financial activities of Argentina took place. Architect, Clorindo Testa won a design competition and created this unique structure that has become a major attraction in the city.

The Banco de Londres y América Del Sur building is a grey concrete and glass structure with extensive canopies. The design was inspired by the Loggia della Signoria in Venice. The structure is so designed that a person sitting inside the bank feels as if he or she is outdoors. The interior space is designed to integrate with the exterior.
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Torre Fortabat

3) Torre Fortabat

The Torre Fortabat was designed by a famous Italian architect and plays an eminent role in the city’s architectural landscape. Its architectural elegance recalls the French neoclassic models. The tower is also a real symbol of modernity, designed as an intelligent building using the latest technology. Opened in 1993 by a large corporation, it functions as one of the country's major power centers.
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Galerías Pacífico

4) Galerías Pacífico (must see)

The Galerías Pacífico is a covered shopping center famous for its fresco-covered ceilings by leading Argentine artists. It is located between Florida Street and Cordoba Avenue in Buenos Aires.

The Galerías Pacífico building was constructed in 1889 for a large store called the Argentine Bon Marche. The beaux arts building was designed by architects, Emilio Agrelo and Roland de Vacher based on the design of the Parisian store, Le Bon Marche. Later, it became the first home of the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes. In 1908, the British Buenos Aires and Pacific Railway Company bought the building for its offices. The purpose of the company was to build a railway line through Chile to access the Pacific Ocean and the building was renamed Edificio Pacifico.

The Galerias Pacifico was remodeled in 1945 with the addition of a cupola and ceiling frescoes by notable Argentine artists including a magnificent central panel by artist, Antonio Berni. In 1987, a dungeon was found under the building where the military junta that ruled the country between 1976 and 1983 tortured prisoners. It was declared a historical monument in 1989 and became a high-end shopping arcade in 1991. Four ceiling frescoes were added in 1991 by well known Argentine contemporary artists including Guillermo Roux.

Why You Should Visit:
Worth a quick view of the cupola and frescoes or staying longer to shop, grab a bite at the food court, stop for a coffee/ice-cream...

Tip:
If you're going to shop, keep in mind to look for the signs that say "tax-free" so you can request your tax refund before leaving Argentina.

Opening Hours:
Daily: 10am-9pm
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Edificio Kavanagh

5) Edificio Kavanagh

The Edicifio Kavanagh is one of the first skyscrapers in Buenos Aires and has become an iconic landmark of the city. It became one of the city’s National Historic Monuments in 1999.

The Edificio Kavanagh was built between 1934 and 1936. The skyscraper was commissioned by a wealthy heiress Corina Kavanagh who invested her entire inheritance in the construction of the building. The design was by architects, Gregorio Sanchez, Ernesto Lagos and Luis Maria de la Torre. The architectural style was modernist art deco and the structure has a towering form with gradual reductions. It is 120 meters high with 29 floors and 150 residential apartments. Corina Kavanagh lived in the largest apartment that occupied the entire 14th floor for many years. The American Institute of Architects gave their prestigious award for the design of the building in 1939.

When the Edificio Kavanagh was completed it was the highest structure made of reinforced concrete in the world. It was also the tallest building in South America and remained the tallest for many years. All the apartments were fitted with state of the art amenities including modern plumbing and electrical fittings. The upper floors have terraced gardens with spectacular views of Buenos Aires, the river and city parks.
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Sofitel Buenos Aires

6) Sofitel Buenos Aires

The Sofitel Buenos Aires is a luxurious five star hotel located in the quiet Retiro neighborhood of Buenos Aires. Opened in 2003, the complex was designed by Argentinean architects Daniel Fernández & Associates and embellished by Pierre-Yves Rochon. The building's Art-Deco design is very interesting, with diagonal braces for security purposes and an arched roof made of glass that is decorated with black and white marble.
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Museum of Latin-American Art of Buenos Aires (MALBA)

7) Museum of Latin-American Art of Buenos Aires (MALBA) (must see)

The mission of this art gallery in Buenos Aires is to promote contemporary Latin American artists and to display the brilliant and vibrant 20th-century artists of Latin America. It houses the vast, diverse and valuable collection of Argentine business magnate, Eduardo Constantini.

The Museum of Latin American Art, popularly known as MALBA opened its doors in 2001. It is run by the nonprofit organization, Foundation MALBA. The unique building in which the gallery is housed was designed by Argentine architectural firm, AFT architects. The permanent collection has over 200 artworks by 20th-century artists and temporary exhibitions from all over the world are held by the museum. Collections are constantly updated and the MALBA promotes the works of new contemporary artists across Latin America.

Collections at the MALBA include works by Diego Rivera, Frida Kalho, Xu Solar, Jorge de la Vega and the Argentine painter Antonio Berni. The art collection features works by well-known artists from Cuba, Uruguay, Colombia, Costa Rica and Venezuela. Exhibits include painting, sculpture, photographs, prints and sketches. The second floor has a theatre where classic and contemporary films from Argentina and around the world are filmed. The gift shop stocks books on Latin American Art in English and Spanish and also has a range of souvenirs like postcards, jewelry and notebooks.

Why You Should Visit:
Relatively small museum but collections (both permanent and temporary) are great.
Contemporary, defying, interactive, happening...

Tip:
Entrance is no longer free but worth the (small) investment.
Great little coffee shop (right outside) and gift shop (inside).
If you plan to eat after looking around, book a table on your way in.

Opening Hours:
Thu-Mon: 12-8pm; Wed: 12-9pm
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Le Parc Tower

8) Le Parc Tower

Le Parc Tower is a high end, luxury residential skyscraper located in the Palermo district of Buenos Aires. It was the tallest structure in the city between 1996 and 2002.

Le Parc Tower was designed by architects, Mario Roberto Alvarez and Associates. It is 158 meters high with 51 floors. It has become an iconic structure in the skyline of Buenos Aires and is clearly visible from boats sailing down the River Plata. The structure is designed to give security and stability with minimal use of land. It is surrounded by an 8000 square feet green space and the nearest structure is 60 feet away. This gives the residence a feeling of privacy amidst the crowded city.

Le Parc Tower commands spectacular 360 degree city views. On a clear day one can see the Uruguayan coast and the delta islands of the River Plata. It has forty three floors with two apartments on each floor. Floors 44 to 47 have duplex apartments that cover an area of 700 square meters. All apartment have luxury high end amenities. There are two covered car parks and a helicopter landing space on the top. At the back of the building is a unique rounded mechanical shaft that runs up the length of the structure.

Walking Tours in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Create Your Own Walk in Buenos Aires

Create Your Own Walk in Buenos Aires

Creating your own self-guided walk in Buenos Aires is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Acclaimed Art and Culture Museums Tour

Acclaimed Art and Culture Museums Tour

The arts and cultural museums of Buenos Aires are home to thousands of beautiful art works and other artifacts of national culture. Among them are paintings, graphic works, sculptures, archaeological finds and old currency. Between them all, the museums represent a treasury of fine art, with many collections of cultural objects and lots of great exhibitions.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.6 km
Palermo Area Walking Tour

Palermo Area Walking Tour

Palermo is one of the most famous areas of Buenos Aires - it's well known to locals and among tourists as well. It's also the largest neighborhood of the city, and is divided into smaller sub-districts, namely: Palermo Chico, Palermo Viejo, Palermo Soho, Palermo Hollywood, Las Cañitas and Alto Palermo. Check out our walking tour of the most popular places and buildings in these areas.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.8 km
Self-Guided Tour: Children's Attractions

Self-Guided Tour: Children's Attractions

Children have great imaginations and are always full of ideas when it comes to entertaining themselves. Luckily, Buenos Aires offers some great children's entertainment spots so your kids will enjoy visiting the city as much as you will. This self-guided tour presents some of the most popular attractions for kids in Buenos Aires.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.6 km
Famous Historical Buildings Walking Tour

Famous Historical Buildings Walking Tour

Old buildings are like mirrors of the past that reveal a little part of the history of a given place. There's much to admire in a historical building, whether its the architectural elements, the style or the décor that grabs you. Here in Buenos Aires, if you walk within its historical buildings, you can enter the history of the city and the spirit of the Argentine people.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 7.2 km
History and Science Museums Tour

History and Science Museums Tour

To visit a museums of history or science is like opening a book that tells you everything about the spirit of a country's citizens and the essence of their local traditions. Often historically significant in themselves architecturally, these buildings act as a ready-made guide to the history and scientific achievements of Buenos Aires. Take our tour and discover the most important museums of the city.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.7 km
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

Argentina’s capital Buenos Aires is a bustling, cosmopolitan city, abundant in architectural and historic landmarks. The city center is dominated by Plaza de Mayo, lined with majestic 19th-century buildings, including the iconic presidential palace Casa Rosada. Other major attractions include Teatro Colón, Obelisk of Buenos Aires and numerous plazas. Take this orientation walk and explore these and other top attractions of Buenos Aires.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.7 km

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