Giant Scale Model of Buenos Aires

My free daily walking tour visits the Abasto Shopping Centre, housed in the old central market, a beautiful Art Deco building constructed in the 1930s. Coming in a side door, we cross a large, enclosed area before making our way to the top level. This lower lever often houses promotions and entertainment for the kids and at the moment is home to an enormous scale model of Buenos Aires. UPDATE: As of mid-September the model is still there although cordoned off a little more than before, an information sign says the scale is 1500/1.

Buenos Aires Model

Buenos Aires Scale Model


At first glance, it’s an impressive work, giving a good idea of the scale and spread-out nature of the city, but as you start to examine it more closely you realise that every single building in the city has been modelled. It’s truly an amazing piece of work and the following photos are some of the highlights. Click on the photo for the full-size version.

The level of detail goes down to the each individual building.


Avenida de Mayo, from Plaza de Mayo leading up to Plaza de Congreso


Retiro, Recoleta & Palermo and Belgrano seen from the south. Torre Inglesa & Retiro station in the foreground


Parque Centenario

Parque Centenario


La Boca, note La Bombonera middle left and the diagonal of Caminito in the bottom left


Avenida 9 de Julio in all its glory, as seen from the south. Note the Obelisco about 2/3 of the way up.


Looking west along Avenida Pueyrredon with Once in the distance and Facultad de Medicina on the left


Detail of Abasto – it’s the only building lit up.

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