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Edificio Italia
Terraço Itália

Av. Ipiranga 344 República BR-01046-010 Centre
Sao Paulo SP Brazil

Status:built
Construction Dates
  Began1956
  Finished1965
Floor Count46
Basement Floors1
Units / Rooms258
Building Uses
 - office
 - communication
 - residential
 - restaurant
 - retail
 - theatre
Structural Types
 - highrise
Architectural Style
 - modern
Materials
 - glass
 - steel
 - concrete, reinforced
 - concrete

 Heights ValueSource / Comments 
Roof541 ft

Description
• Architect: Franz Heep.

• Constructors: Grupo Comolatti, Cecchi & Cia Ltda., Engenharia e Construção Otto Meinberg S.A.
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• Built to honor the thousands of Italian immigrants to SP city, designed as a triangular tower with curved corners and is covered with brise-soleil. During its construction phase, the building started to inclinate. Freeze soil was necessary to keep it vertical. This brought the construction company to bankrupcy and the building is today a little bit lower the street level.

• Upon completion, Edifício Itália became the 2nd tallest building in city.

• On the 45th floor is the Terraço Itália restaurant used also as observation deck. Atop has some communication devices.

• The facade has 6,000m² of glass distributed in 4,000 windows.

• It is popular known to be São Paulo's tallest building, a title that actually belongs to Mirante do Vale. Because its popularity, some ones tried to climb the building.

• An 18 month re-fit of the facade was completed in 2006 at a cost of US$ 700,000 (R$ 1,5 million).

• The building is 168 meters in height when measured from the underground level to its roof.

• At building has Circolo Italiano, Italian Club as well as Restaurant Terraço Itália in two decks mounted atop.
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• Photo Links:
1- http://knaumann.sites.uol.com.br/TerracoItalia.JPG
2- http://www.bacante.com.br/blog/uploaded_images/file-735200.jpg
3- http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2157/2387603942_83cdd7e18e.jpg?v=0

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