“Buenos Aires is said to be eclectic. Its heterogeneity stems from the many different styles, and the diversity of styles in one single façade (…). Buenos Aires´s is a melting pot of styles: Italian, French, colonial. It originated as a colonial town, a place of passage and it was not until 1880 that Buenos Aires was declared as the capital of the Republic and started to be taken more seriously as a city. Being a capital in which the seats of the political powers were to be based, architectural-contest buildings were therefore planned”, explains Fabbri.
Edificios Bencich – Miguel Bencich
This is reflected in the architecture of the Congress or the Casa Rosada. Back in those days, and with a view to preparing for the centenary of the Revolution of May, the idea was to renovate the city by imitating the Parisian style. The great constructions underway, in turn, led to the emergence of banks (which would finance them), as well as of English investments, palaces, among others.
“The styles used were different, each state project was to be modelled on Paris. They would hire French architects and also held contests. We went from being a colonial town to becoming a great metropolis that was starting to connect with the rest of the world”, the architect says, not without acknowledging first that besides that boom our city is still under permanent development.
“Buenos Aires is in constant transformation. Take Puerto Madero. 20 years ago there were no towers. Puerto Madero was built back in the 18th century and some 10 years later became obsolete as larger cargo ships were unable to dock. Later on arrived a revolutionary idea that converted the place into what we see today. Buenos Aires has never stopped changing”.
With all the information received we have sorted our content into five categories. Many places will be left out, but we hope this becomes an excuse for you to come and see these and other wonderful spots for yourself.