The Woman's Bridge (Spanish: Puente de la Mujer) is a bridge with ingenious design, unique style, and cultural connotation designed by the famous Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava. It is his first artwork in Latin America. The Woman's Bridge gets its name because most streets in Puerto Madero are named after prominent Argentine women.
The Woman's Bridge is a counterweight cable-stayed bridge, completed in 2001, the most famous landmark in Puerto Madero, Buenos Aires. Puerto Madero is the most luxury and modern area of Buenos Aires. This pedestrian bridge is located at 700 Juana Manuela Gritti.
The bridge symbolizes a pair of dancing tango dancers. The mast of the bridge represents the male dancer, while the curvilinear silhouette of the bridge depicts a female figure. In addition, part of the woman's bridge structure can be rotated so that all kinds of ships can travel freely on the river. This post introduces more details about its incredible design and architectural parameters.
Description of The Woman's Bridge Size
The Woman's Bridge was built in 1998 and 2001 and was designed by the famous Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava. The project's total cost is about $6 million and was donated by entrepreneur Alberto Luco Gonzalez. Its structure consists of two simple lines, one spanning the river and the other slanting out from the center of the bridge, like two outstretched wings or the outstretched arms of a dancing girl. The whole body is also like the high heels of a woman dancing the tango. This unique construction also requires special steel produced at Urssa, Basque, Spain.
Puente de la Mujer is constructed of reinforced concrete and steel and paved with local wood. The bridge is divided into three parts. A 39-meter-high steel spire supports the central section with a cement core. The cables supporting the rotating section are suspended, like a cable-stayed bridge. There is a computer system on the east side to control its rotation. It takes about 2 minutes from turning on to fully opening.
Dimensions of Puente de la Mujer
The Puente de la Mujer is a footbridge 170 meters long and 6.20 meters wide. It has two fixed approach spans of 25 and 32.5 meters and a central suspended section of 102 meters. The whole bridge weighs 800 tons. The timber-cladding deck is slightly inclined and provides a barrier-free connection for pedestrians and cyclists.
|Longest Span||102.5 m|
The Puente de la Mujer is small and exquisite; the whole body is white, and it looks like a fair lady wearing a long white dress from a distance. In conjunction with other recently built structures in the area, the Puente de la Mujer contributes to a new look for Puerto Madero, and the sparkling night lighting makes the bridge a new icon for Buenos Aires. The bridge has been rated as a culturally rich bridge and also a must-see attraction in Buenos Aires.