Puente de la Mujer - Buenos Aires, Argentina
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Torgut
S 34° 36.486 W 058° 21.962
21H E 374751 N 6169567
Quick Description: An iconic landmark of Buenos Aires, this suspended bridge rotates to make way for the inwards ships heading to the main Buenos Aires harbor.
Location: Argentina
Date Posted: 4/28/2020 1:22:23 AM
Waymark Code: WM12CHP
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member vhasler
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Long Description:
The Puente de la Mujer (Woman's Bridge) was designed by the Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava and opened on the 20th December 2001. Perhaps due to it's central location it became one of the main attractions in the Argentinian capital.

The bridge is 170 metres long, with a width of 6.20 metres and reaching an height of 34 metres. It's made of steel and concrete.

From Wikipedia:
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"Designed by the Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava on a plan very similar to a 250-metre bridge over the Guadalquivir River in Seville, Spain (1992) and a 213-metre bridge over the Sacramento River in Redding, California (2004), it has a forward-, rather than a reverse-angled cantilever, as is seen in those bridges. Started in 1998, it was inaugurated on December 20, 2001, and is the first of only two Calatrava structures in Latin America. The architect has described the design as a synthesis of the image of a couple dancing the tango.

The 170-metre pedestrian bridge weighs 800 tonnes, is 6.20 m wide and is divided into two fixed portions, 25 m and 32.50 m long respectively, and a middle section of 102.5 m that rotates on a white concrete pylon, allowing vessels to pass in less than two minutes. This central section is supported by a steel "needle" with a concrete core, about 34 m high. The "needle," inclined at a 39° angle, anchors suspension cables which support the central span. A computer system at the eastern end of the bridge operates the turning mechanism when required.


The short pylon seen below and beyond the cantilever spar is the resting place when the bridge is open. The ship beyond is the museum ship Presidente Sarmiento

Inspiration

A number of streets in the Puerto Madero district have women's names, thus giving the bridge its name.

The work was conceived by businessman Alberto L. González, who donated money for its construction. Costing about US$6 million, the bridge was manufactured by the Urssa steel fabrication conglomerate in the city of Vitoria-Gasteiz in the Basque Country of northern Spain.

According to business executive Bob Schmetterer, the bridge was not part of the original Puerto Madero project. Jorge Heymann, a Buenos Aires advertising executive, had been hired to develop an advertising campaign for Puerto Madero, but his analysis showed that the biggest challenge of the site was access, not public awareness. A landmark footbridge, Heymann suggested, while certainly more costly than an initial advertising campaign would have been, would be more practical and lasting. The developer agreed with the assessment, and he built the structure."

And more about the bridge's designer:
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