harbor of Buenos Aires, Puerto Madero, is currently being transformed into a
new commercial and residential center and tourist area.
notable developments are the construction of a Hilton apartment-hotel, the
Museum of the Sea and cinemas on the east side of Puerto Madero¹s Dock 3.
either side of Dock 3 link Puerto Madero to the city. The pedestrian routes
around Dock 3 are, however, inadequately connected to the urban fabric, as
well as to the nearby axis created by the Town Hall, Plaza de Mayo and Plaza
challenge presented by the client, La Corporación Antiguo Puerto Madero, S.A.,
was to design a footbridge for Dock 3 that would improve pedestrian
circulation and connect the plazas on either side of the embankment, while
at the same time leaving unobstructed a loading dock that is still used for
de la Mujer Santiago Calatrava delivered the solution to the challenge.
Puente de la
Mujer consists of a rotating suspension bridge, 102 meters (335
set between a pair of fixed bridges. The central section is suspended by
cables from an inclined pylon that is 39 meter (128 ft) high.
of the bridge can rotate 90 degrees to allow free passage of water traffic.
The weight of the mechanical tower balances the weight of the pylon,
allowing the rotational system to be simplified.
reinforced concrete and steel and paved with natural stone or ceramics, the
Puente de la Mujer will be illuminated at night, transforming it into a new
symbol for Buenos Aires. In conjunction with other recently built
structures in the area, the Puente de la Mujer will also help to create a
new sense of place for Puerto Madero.
160 meters (525 feet)
Corporación Antiguo Puerto Madero, S.A.