2020 - Buenos Aires - Mercado de Abasto - 1 of 3
A Subte line transfer and we arrived in Barrio Abasto to visit the art deco Mercado de Abasto building - not to shop, just to enjoy the buildings architectural attributes.
The mall’s distinguished façade along Corrientes Avenue features five huge leaded glass archways that are emblematic of the neighborhood, especially when lit in the evening.
Inside, a huge atrium floods the building with natural light. The centralized mall features over 250 stores, a children’s museum, a small theme park, a food court, and a cinema with 12 screens.
The unique building was originally the site of Buenos Aires’ central vegetable market from 1893 to 1984.
It slowly grew outward as the population boomed, until the original structure was demolished in the 1930’s to make room for a larger building.
The current art deco structure dates to 1934 and took three years to construct.
The building was designed by José Luis Delpini, Raul Bes and Slovenian-born architect, Viktor Sulčič — the same team that constructed Buenos Aires’ most famous stadium, La Bombonera in the La Boca neighborhood.
This was Buenos Aires’ golden age — the new market included all the latest amenities of the era including escalators, phone lines throughout the building and a connection with the underground subway.
A 1952 fire in the building burned for days but thanks to the sturdy old-world construction, Abasto survived the blaze and Delpini was able to restore the damaged parts.
The building has been a shopping mall since 1999.