Address: Av. Ipiranga 200 | SÃO PAULO | Brazil
Latitude/Longitude: -23.5467, -46.6443
Edificio Copan (Copan Building) is a 140-metre, 38-story residential building in São Paulo, Brazil. It was constructed in 1953. It is the largest structure built in Brazil and has the largest floor area of any residential building in the world. The building, despite popular belief, was not named after the Mayan temple in Honduras, but it is actually an acronym for its original developer company, Companhia Pan-Americana de Hotéis e Turismo. The building was designed by Oscar Niemeyer`s office in São Paulo, being himself the responsible for the famous sinuous facade drawing. It has an estimated 1,160 apartments and 5,000 residents. Due to the large number of residents, the São Paulo City Hall gave the building its own ZIP code. The condominium has 107 employees to serve and maintain the building. The ground floor is home to 70 businesses and establishments including, but not limited to, a church, a travel agency, a bookstore, and 4 restaurants. Its site is 10572.80 square meters.
• The buildings’ name is inspired by that of the Copan Mayan Temple in Honduras.
• This is the largest residential building in Brazil, and, reportedly, the most populated single residential building in the world housing 5,000 listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest structure built in Brazil an also claims this building has the largest floor area of any residential structure in the world, with a population greater than that 547 of Brazilian cities, according to IBGE (Instituto Brasileiro de Geografia e Estatística), a major research institute in Brazil.
• The ground floor is home to 70 businesses/establishments including, but not limited to, a church, travel agency, and library, and 4 restaurants.
• The building was originally constructed with a helipad that is no longer used.
• The condominium building has 107 employees to serve and maintain it.
• Due to the large number of residents, the Correios, Brazilian Post Office, gave the building its own ZIP code.
• The building site is 10572.80 m².
Photos contributed by Plínio Dondon.
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