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Edifício Avenida Central

Av. Rio Branco 156
Rio de Janeiro RJ Brazil

Status:built
Construction Dates
  Began1959
  Finished1961
Floor Count34
Building Uses
 - office
Structural Types
 - highrise
 - landing pad
Architectural Style
 - modern
Materials
 - glass
 - steel
 - aluminium
 - concrete (plain)
 - concrete, reinforced

 Heights ValueSource / Comments 
Roof361 ft

Description
• Architect: Henrique Mindlin.

• Architect & Owner of site: Regine Feigl.
• Steel: CSN - Companhia Siderúrgica Nacional.
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• Architecture based on buidlings of Mies van der Rohe.

• It is located on the same site of the former building, Hotel Avenida, built in 1911, where had also the gallery Galeria Cruzeiro, terminal point of trams from Southern Zone, both demolished in 1958.

• Its construction took 3 years and was inaugurated on May 22, 1961, the first building in the center of Rio de Janeiro in metal structure erected in place of reinforced concrete.

• It is a building with 1,061 rooms and 200 stores. It was also the first to use the architectural style "tower-on-plate", ie the tower built on a plate which is located a shopping mall - in this case, a podium of 4 floors.

• In its center is a center specializing in big sale of equipment for data processing and electro-electronics, the largest of Rio de Janeiro. This is due mainly to the performance of the company PromoInfo, which opened in 1994, called Info centers - the principle of two, and now, with four floors of the commercial center of the building.
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• Photo Links:
1- http://www.panoramio.com/photo/14377475
2- http://www.sdsbrasil.com.br/Figuras/avcentral.jpg
3- http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3138/2554223809_496dbde220.jpg

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