Edifício Copan

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Edifício Copan information

São Paulo , Brazil
Address
Street Av Ipiranga 200
More information
www.copansp.com.br
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Edifício Copan was designed by late modernist master Oscar Niemeyer. The building’s serpentine facade and narrow brises soleil (permanent sunshades) have become a symbol of the city. You can visit its snaking, sloping ground-floor shopping arcade, but the upper floors are made up of private apartments and thus off-limits.

Note that the leftist architect designed the building to bring together all classes by including sprawling apartments for the rich as well as tiny studios for the working poor – a real rarity in class-conscious São Paulo.