This year’s FIFA World Cup tournament will take place in Brazil throughout the month of June. When you’re not enjoying one of the matches, you can stroll the streets of São Paolo and take in some of the most stunning modernist architecture in the world. Here are three must-see bastions of modernism in the bustling Brazilian capital.
Museu de Arte de São Paulo
Avenida Paulista, 1578, Bela Vista, São Paulo
One of the most famous examples of modernism in São Paolo is Italian architect Lina Bo Bardi’s Museu de Arte de São Paulo (MASP). MASP, the largest suspended structure in South America, is indicative of Bo Bardi’s architectural originality. Two inverted red beams support the entire building (which is a huge cement block punctuated by windows). Underneath is a public plaza where a farmer’s market, concerts and other events are held. Built in 1968, MASP continues to impress modernism aficionados around the world.
Avenida Ipiranga 200, Centro, São Paulo, 01066–900
The unforgettable Copan, designed by Oscar Niemeyer, is one of the most recognizable architectural structures in all of Brazil. The building’s “S” shape is a reference to curves found in nature – such as those of a sand dune or a wave. The massive Copan was built to house 1,160 apartments of diverse layouts, occupying six blocks (in 1966 it was even given its own zip code!). Today, it continues to serve as a residential building, in addition to being a major tourist attraction.
Avenida Ipiranga 344, Centro, São Paulo, 01046–010
Designed by German-born architect Franz Heep, Edifício Itália is a striking modernist skyscraper built in 1965. With 46 floors accessed by 14 elevators, for three years after it was built, Edifício Itália held the honor of being the highest concrete structure in the world. Today, tourists flock to the sumptuous rooftop restaurant that offers breathtaking views of the city and innovative cuisine.
Photo: Fernando Stankuns
Get new posts delivered by email:
Top Travel Deals on RSS
Follow Scotland's Historic Malt Whisky TrailComments: 1Rating: 0 / 0
The world famous and one of a kind Malt Whisky Trail in Scotland passes through seven Speyside working distilleries, as well as a historic distillery and Britain's only cooperage. Though hardly inclusive of the numerous distilleries in the Speyside area, the trailserves as an excellent spine through the region. Indeed, any visit to all of the venues along this stretch of green Scottish countryside would result in plenty of knowledge about a Scottish and a wealth of memories....read more
Spotlight on Spain: FlamencoComments: 0Rating: 0 / 0
One of my most memorable evenings in another country was the one I spent in a flamenco club in Granada. Everything about the performance captivated me, from the intricate guitar melodies to the expressive vocalizations to the precise hand movements and declarative stomps of the dancers. Flamenco is an extremely rich and captivating part of Spanish culture....read more
Stay, See, Savor: 24 Hours in AustinComments: 0Rating: 0 / 0
A dynamic and eclectic city that is steeped in history, Austin is one of the true gems of Texas. You’ll definitely want to spend more than twenty-four hours here, but if that’s all you’ve got, here are my suggestions for where to stay, what to see, and what to savor....read more
5 Big Exhibitions in London NowComments: 1Rating: 0 / 0
This week sees the annual Frieze Art Fair descend upon London. With it comes a scope of art related activities and satellite events across town with some of London's best known galleries taking advantage of this time of heightened buzz to put on their biggest shows of the year. Here's a list of five of the biggest exhibitions around town that are on now and well worth checking out....read more
4 Travel Lessons Learned From Christopher Columbus’ MistakesComments: 0Rating: 0 / 0
Before you set sail on your own travels of discovery, be sure to keep these travel lessons in mind, all learned from the mistakes of Columbus. He might have sailed the ocean blue, but he didn’t always go about travel in the best of ways....read more
California: CST #2090295-40, Nevada: SOT #2007-0081, Iowa: SOT #883, Washington: SOT #6027859380010001
Some of the content posted herein are the views and opinions of the individual blogger's and do not represent the views and opinions of OneTravel. It may be the case that OneTravel is partnering with a particular travel supplier mentioned in a blog post, however, all views and opinions expressed herein by parties other then OneTravel are by the respective bloggers.
© 2014 W K Travel, Inc. All rights reserved. Copyright for all material appearing on this website is owned by W K Travel, Inc. Persons accessing this website are authorized to view and print material from this website for information purposes only. Any other use of this material is restricted to non-commercial purposes and must include this copyright notice.
W K Travel Inc. owns the following Trademarks and Servicemarks appearing on this website:
OneTravel, OneTravel.com, and 1Travel. Trademarks and servicemarks for all other products and services appearing on this website are the trademarks and servicemarks of their respective owners.