The Palace of Flowing Waters (Palacio de Aguas Corrientes) is an architecturally significant water pumping station in Buenos Aires.
The building was designed as a water pumping station in 1877 by Swedish Argentine architect Carlos Nyströmer, and completed in 1894. It was commissioned, in part, to replace the unsightly water tower on Lorea Plaza (in what today is Congressional Plaza). Occupying a city block at the northern end of the city's Balvanera section, the Córdoba Avenue landmark still functions as a pumping station. The French renaissance palace was covered in over 300,000 glazed, multi-color terra cotta tiles imported from the renowned British ceramics maker, Royal Doulton. It features a tin mansard roof, and is emblazoned with escutcheons representing the 14 Argentine provinces, at the time.
The building's entrance is graced by two caryatids, and the property, by landscaped gardens that includea bust created by Norwegian sculptor Olaf Boye in honor of engineer Guillermo Villanueva, the first Director of the Buenos Aires Water Supply and Drainage Company Limited, the then British-owned municipal water works inaugurated in 1869.
The building was transferred to the City of Buenos Aires following the 1892 nationalization of the British-owned company over service quality concerns. The company, eventually known as Obras Sanitarias (OSN), was reprivatized in 1993 with a 30-year contract. The contract's rescission in 2006 transferred the property to AySA, a State enterprise, however. The palace still houses a number of water company offices, as well as a small water works museum.
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asajernigan (21298) 2014-09-04 7:49
This is a nicely composed shot of the water building. The angle of the shot works well adding depth and direction for the shot. The cars are a bit of a distraction but probably could not be avoided. The lighting is fine and the photo has fine sharpness and detail.
danos (87475) 2014-09-04 8:36
very nice the view as the presentation of the Palace of flowing waters a real strange name for a building.A great construction with all the architectural characteristic of a building of 19th centuary.Excellent the light and the colour management of it.
- Copyright: Andre Bonavita (bona) (12861)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-08-12
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Canon EOS Rebel T3i, Canon EF 18-135mm F/3.5-5.6 IS USM
- Exposure: f/8, 1/60 seconds
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- Travelogue: Winter in Argentina
- Date Submitted: 2014-09-04 7:12