Edifícios, São Paulo
An Art Déco masterpiece, Edifício Banco de São Paulo is located in the heart of the financial district in Centro. Among all of the Art Déco buildings in the city, including the famous Banespa, Edifício Banco de São Paulo easily triumphs as the most beautiful. It was designed by the architect, Álvaro Botelho, and completed in 1938 specifically for the Banco de São Paulo, the bank whose name is etched on the front of the building. Nowadays, the building is occupied by a ministry (Secretaria de Estado da Juventude, Esporte e Lazer).
Considered the largest residential building in the world, Edíficio Copan is a modern landmark in São Paulo. The 115-metre S-shaped building was designed in the 1950s by the famous architect Oscar Niemeyer. Its elegant shape was progressive for its time, when most new construction was rather square or rectangular. For some, Edíficio Copan is seen as an architectural marvel, but others view it as a modern concrete atrocity. You can be the judge...
Built in 1919 for the Banco Português do Brasil, this neo-Baroque edifice was the work by the Paulistano engineer, Ramos de Azevedo. With its many stacked arches, the building is faintly reminiscent of Pisa's architecture. While the Banco Português do Brasil is now long gone (it was acquired by another bank in years past), its beautiful building in the heart of the financial district in Centro has, fortunately, been preserved. Today, an academy of physical education, Bio Ritmo Academia, occupies the building.
Visible from Praça da Sé and Pátio do Colégio, Edifício Rolim is a landmark in downtown São Paulo. When this slender building was completed in 1928, it was one of the city's highest structures. Its unusual cupola is somewhat reminiscent of modernista architecture of Barcelona. Edifício Rolim was designed by Hipólito Gustavo Pujol, who also worked on the building now housing the Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil.
A mix of Art Déco and Neoclassical styles, this 1940s edifice lies in the heart of the financial district in Centro. It was originally built for Banco do Comércio da Indústria, or “Banco Comind”, which faced troubles leading to state intervention in the 1980s. The building was subsequently sold to the Bolsa de Valores de São Paulo, the city's stock exchange, nicknamed "Bovespa", and became its headquarters in 1990.
Built in 1929 by the wealthy Italian Giuseppe Martinelli, his namesake building was the most sumptuous of its time. His personal residence was at the top of the building with breathtaking views all over the city. With its 130 metres in height, it remained the city's highest structure until 1947 when Edifício Banespa was completed, but continues to be a landmark and a source of architectural pride for the city of São Paulo.
The tall eclectic style, Edifício Sampaio Moreira, was designed by the architect Cristiano Stockler das Neves. At the time of its completion in 1924, it was the city's highest structure, only to be surpassed five years later by Edifício Martinelli. The architect was a big proponent of vertical construction in São Paulo and his influence later resulted in the popularity of high buildings. Nowadays, Edifício Sampaio Moreira is dwarfed by a few even bigger modern buildings, but is still considered São Paulo's first skyscraper (arranha-céu in Portuguese).
It is big, I cannot deny, it is absolutely urban, this everyone could see. São paulo has the gorgeous force of a big city, and in some corners you would believe that you are walking in New York!;)
On the top of the building you can see the flag of São Paulo gladly waving in the heights of the Piratininga Ski.
The real name is Edificio Altino Arantes, constructed in 1947 and it was the highest building in São Paulo for 20 years, you can have an amazing view of the city if you reach the top, amazing cosntruction and it is the head office of BANESPA, together with Santander Bank is one of the msot important banks in town!
This is the Banespa building