The City of Buenos Aires opens the doors of its emblematic buildings: what tours can be done this weekend

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This weekend the Open House Buenos Aires, the architecture and urbanism festival of the City of Buenos Aires that open the doors, free of charge, from iconic buildings private or public that are usually closed to the public. TN collected the best proposals, including walking tours and in bike; interventions artistic, and a different look on the Buenos Aires architecture.

The concept Open House takes place all over the world, in cities like London (founding city), Melobourne, New York, Roma, Madrid, among other. In 2018 the second Argentine city was incorporated: Rosario. One weekend a year, each city – under the same international concept and with a local organization – brings together the most notable and influential examples of architecture, urban planning and design so that they can be visited for free.

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For the coronavirus, in 2020 the Open House was held online, but this year he returns to the streets of Buenos Aires with protocols and security and distancing measures. Total will open the doors of 34 buildings and will have 711 volunteers.

The visits will take place this Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 December and for the quotas limited by the covid-19 protocols, in order to enter each space, you will have to complete a prior registration Through evenbrite or on the openhousebsas website, and present yourself with your ID. There you can check information about each building, its address and the day and time when it will be open to the public.

Some buildings that open their doors at the Open House this weekend

  • Bolivar House, Bolívar 663, Monserrat. It dates from 1887. They were two stacked chorizo-style houses, which underwent different modifications throughout their history, so the original design was blurred. It is an important and unique historical building of the architectural heritage of the city.
  • Bruno Ramírez Building, Av. Ramón Castillo 1720: it is made up of three differentiated volumes, with an office block occupying the base of the triangle, another garage in the center, refining parallel to the oblique sides, and the vertex occupied by a service station. The 12-story office volume is a 40m x 11m rectangular prism with an asymmetrically arranged beam and column structure.

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  • Banco Macro corporate building, Avenida Eduardo Madero 1180, Puerto Madero: It was designed so that, supported by intelligent and automated technology, it achieves high energy efficiency, savings in drinking water consumption, reuse of water for irrigation and the controlled use of inputs.
  • Government House of the City of Buenos Aires, in Uspallata 3150, Parque Patricios. It proposes a large vaulted concrete roof and glazed windows. It has 35,000 square meters of offices forming terraced mezzanines facing the green lung of the Parque de los Patricios.
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  • Postgraduate Building of the University of Morón, Lima 221: It has a viewpoint on a public terrace that completes and provides a view of 9 de Julio Avenue.
  • El Salvador 5218 Building: 40-meter piece with a facade with brutalist parasols that hides a permeable glass volume. There are 4,900 square meters on four levels, with a terrace and garden, with a great variety of native tropical plants.
  • Palace of Aguas Corrientes, Viamonte 1951: The structure and the slate were brought from Belgium and France, and the pipes and terracotta cladding, from England. The building, in an eclectic historicist style, combines elements of the “Second Empire” style with the typical tones of Victorian architecture.

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  • Mueblería Díaz, chalet on July 9, Sarmiento 1113: Each level made up a show room of different furniture aimed at the middle class. It was built in 1927. In a Norman style, it is located on the tenth floor of the furniture store. In 2014, nine decades after its inauguration, it was declared a Cultural Heritage of the city of Buenos Aires.
  • Nicolás Avellaneda ferry bridge, Av. Don Pedro de Mendoza 1602: It was built in parts in England and sent by ship to be assembled in Buenos Aires. Assembly required approximately three years. Only the foundations of the towers, submerged 24 meters deep, were of national construction. The work was inaugurated on May 30, 1914 to connect the neighborhood of La Boca (City of Buenos Aires) with Maciel Island in the municipality of Avellaneda (province of Buenos Aires). The tram was running through it.

Some neighborhoods and redevelopments that can be visited during the Open House

  • Neighborhood 20, Lugano, with the urbanization of the Papa Francisco Estate.
  • Monsignor Espinosa neighborhood, Barracas, a set of 64 individual dwellings that occupy half a block with a simple structure of orthogonal composition axes. A wooded space orders four strips of houses on each side.

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  • Mugica neighborhood, former Villa 31, Retiro and its process of social, economic and urban integration to the City.
  • Rodrigo Bueno Neighborhood, Puerto Madero, in front of the Ecological Reserve that Costanera Sur occupies.
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Some options for walking tours of the City of Buenos Aires, at the Open House

  • Walk along Corrientes Avenue: The meeting point is the monitoring center, in Diagonal Norte and 9 de Julio. The architectural and urban tour will be on foot along Corrientes Avenue from 9 de Julio Avenue to the Comega building.
  • Walk Plaza San Martín and Florida Street: Walk through Plaza San Martín and Florida Street. The meeting point will be the Monument to General San Martín, on Santa Fe and Maipú avenues.

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  • Hike Puerto Madero: The meeting point will be the mast of the Ministry of Defense, in Adolfo Alsina and Paseo Colón. Puerto Madero is one of the youngest neighborhoods in the city that was transformed urbanistically with the incorporation of dozens of corporate and housing buildings.
  • The origins of the Buenos Aires city: Meeting point at 25 de Mayo and Av. Rivadavia (steps of Banco Nación). Tour of the financial and commercial “Buenos Aires city” of the metropolis.
  • Aristocratic Buenos Aires: Meeting point at the corner of the former Plaza hotel, in Florida and Marcelo T. de Alvear. Walk through the Plaza San Martín, its surroundings and aristocratic corners.
  • Recoleta Island: Meeting point at the Basilica Nuestra Señora del Pilar. The layout of its streets in stairways and the shape of a natural balcony over the Río de la Plata ravine make this space a true island.
  • Parque Patricios, housing, park and city in a working-class neighborhood: Meeting point at the “Hospitales” station of Subte H. It was and is a popular neighborhood, tango and soccer. Today it is also the object of a transformation driven by the arrival of new urban and real estate infrastructure.
  • Avenida de Mayo, the boulevard de la belle époque: Meeting point on the steps of the Metropolitan Cathedral. A mix of styles ranging from French academicism to modernism.

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  • South cathedral: Meeting point at the Pyramid of May. Tour from Plaza de Mayo to the south, through Bolívar, Defensa or Balcarce streets, where the heart of colonial Buenos Aires stretches.
  • Buenos Aires bars, stories and challenges: Meeting point at La Ideal Confectionery, on Suipacha 384. Tour of some of the city’s notable bars to discover how they have been transformed throughout history.
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Bike tours at the Open House

It proposes to know the city through speed and the perspective of the bicycle, with special themes ranging from architecture to design, through history, the urban fabric and literature. You can tour the city, learning about the streets of a neighborhood, the works of a famous architect or the history of some of its trees and parks.

The circuits that can be done are Clorindo Testa + Mario Roberto Álvarez; Looks south; Buenos Aires from its trees; Chacarita, Agronomía and Parque Chas; Devotee; Doho; Patricios, the city of the future; Puerto Madero – Madero Puerto, and República de Belgrano.

Buenos Aires Technology District, the entire city in one neighborhood

The Buenos Aires Technological District attracts not only the productive sector -with more than 350 companies and the seat of the Government of the City of Buenos Aires- but also transformed Parque Patricios into one of the neighborhoods preferred by young people, with three universities where they can to study. This weekend he will be the protagonist of the Buenos Aires Open House which, with Traveled on foot and by bicycle, it will allow to know its urban developments.

Members of the Business Chamber of Urban Developers (CEDU) They will be in the Technological District opening the doors of their developments, with artistic displays, live murals and generating bike and walking tours throughout the Parque Patricios.

“The role of urban development is being key to rethinking spaces and transforming them ”, said Mali Vázquez, institutional director of the CEDU. He added that for the organization this “a fundamental axis” that works “in an articulated way with the public sector, analyzing together the growth of the city and thinking together its future.”

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In the Open Bici you will be able to tour the Technological District from the perspective of the bicycle through a guided circuit of 8 kilometers.

Open Muro in Parque Patricios

It will be possible to observe and participate in different artistic interventions and be part of the creative process. The proposal includes interventions of more than 20 urban and plastic artists, illustrators and architects What will their plays on five faceted modules in the Parque de los Patricios, with a total of 25 intervention faces. In addition, there will be a live intervention on the street November 24, 2159 by the plastic artist Daniel Taccone.

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