In the 1990's, local and foreign investment led to a massive regeneration effort, recycling and refurbishing the west side warehouses into elegant houses, offices, lofts, private universities, luxurious hotels and restaurants that conform to a gallery of options for this new district in a city. Luxurious hotels, state-of-the-art multiplex cinemas, theatres, cultural centers, offices and corporate buildings are located mostly on the east side.
Puerto Madero has been redeveloped with international flair, drawing interest from renowned architects such as Santiago Calatrava, Norman Foster, César Pelli, Alan Faena and Philippe Starck among others.
The museum was initiated by María Amalia Lacroze de Fortabat, the longtime Chairperson and chief stockholder of Loma Negra, the largest cement manufacturer in Argentina. She set aside a significant portion of her art collection for this purpose, and her foundation contractedUruguayan born architect Rafael Viñoly for its design.
The building, a two-story modernist concrete, steel and glass structure, began construction in 2002 and provides over 6,000 square metres (65,000 sq ft) of indoor space. Its highlights include a roof with a system of mobile aluminum awnings that open and close with the sun's position. The museum was inaugurated on October 22, 2008.
Collection de Arte Amalia Lacroza de Fortabat, Puerto Madero
La Boca is the Buenos Aires harbor. It has always been the door and the first home for all immigrants. It maintains its special profile and is mainly visited by tourists on Sundays.Cobblestones, tango dancers, singers and haphazardly constructed colorful conventillos have made Calle Museo Caminito the darling of Buenos Aires' postcard manufacturers since this pedestrian street was created in 1959. Artists fill the block-long street with works depicting port life and the tango, which is said to have been born in La Boca. These days it's painfully commercial, and seems more a parody of porteño culture than anything else but, if you're willing to embrace the tackiness, visiting La Boca can make a fun outing.
Graffitimundo's guided tours reveal the extraordinary history of the city’s vibrant urban art culture, from its fiery political origins to the modern context in which Buenos Aires has become one of the
world’s most exciting cities for street art.
They take you off the beaten path to visit hidden street art hotspots and open air galleries. The South City Tour starts at 2PM in La Boca at the entrance of the Fundacion Proa museum, lasts 3 hours and ends in San Telmoat 5PM. It costs $30 USD per person.
Plaza de Mayo or May Square is named after the most significant month in Argentina’s post-colonial history and is where local politicians, military and religious leaders and the general populace would gather to stage protests, express solidarity or proclaim their rights.
This is the spot where Spanish conquistador Juan de Garay founded the city in 1580. If you look around, you’ll notice that the square is surrounded by some of the most important political and religious institutions in the city: the House of Government known as Casa Rosada; Cabildo or Town Hall; the City Government Palace, on the right side of the Avenida de Mayo; and, lastly, the imposing Metropolitan Cathedral, mother church of the Archdiocese.
Congress Square is located between avenues Entre Rios, Rivadavia, Hipólito Yrigoyen and Viceroy Cevallos. It was designed by the architect Carlos Thays, who also designed other green spaces such as the Tres de Febrero Park and Plaza San Martin. it is usually called Plaza de los Dos Congresos, due to the confusion generated by the monument that is located in the center, named 'Dos Congresos', in honor of the year XII Assembly and Congress of Tucuman. The Monument of the Two Congresses was opened in 1914 and was made by sculptor Jules Lagae together with Eugenio D’Huicque, both from Belgium.
The Recoleta Cemetery, located in the northern part of barrio Recoleta, is most famous for being the burial ground of Evita Duarte de Peron, but it actually holds many famous military leaders, presidents, scientists, poets and other important or wealthy Argentinians.The architecture of the cemetery reflects the passage of time; it is a hodgepodge of everything from Neoclassical, Neogothic, Art Nuevo, Art Deco and even modern styles of over 6,400 mausoleums. The cemetery is laid out like a well planned city. Neat city blocks with 90 degree corners are well kept and covered in stone and concrete. There are street names on every corner and even a town center which contains most of the plant life of the cemetery.
Cementerio de la Recoleta, Recoleta
Esquina Carlos Gardel, located exactly on the same lot where Carlos Gardel used to sing, offers an unmatched alternative in Tango Show in Buenos Aires. At the corner of the alley named after Carlos Gardel and Anchorena street, next to a statue that immortalizes the most famous tango singer, there used to be a restaurant that was the gathering place for the colorful characters of the popular market of Buenos Aires, Mercado de Abasto. More than 100 years later, as if by magic, the story comes back into life. Each corner of Buenos Aires is edged with tango; however, only on of them is at its leading edge.
Graffitimundo's North City Tour is the original and the most popular tour. This tour provides a visually stunning introduction to the vibrant world of urban art in Buenos Aires and its compelling history.
You will explore the Colegiales, Chacarita, Villa Crespo and Palermoneighborhoods which feature a rich variety of art from leading local and international artists. While visiting amazing walls and taking in examples of all the major styles, you will learn how the country’s history is connected to the movement and how street art has evolved in Buenos Aires.
Floris Genérica is one of the most recognizable images of Buenos Aires. Walking along Avenida Figueroa Alcorta from the Facultad de Derecho (University of Law) to the MALBA, it is not unheard of to be asked directions to 'the big metal flower'. Standing in the center of the Plaza Naciones Unidas (United Nations Plaza), in a 40-meter reflecting pool, the flower was erected in 2002 as a gift from architect Eduardo Catalano. The use of the term 'Genérica' in its name suggests that it is a symbol of all flowers in the world. Opinions differ about it’s beauty but there is no questioning that the flower is a powerful, modern symbol of technology and nature.