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Torre Matarazzo
Mansão Matarazzo

Av. Paulista x Rua Pamplona - Jardim Paulista Zona Sul
Sao Paulo SP Brazil

Construction Dates
  Intended completion date1991
Floor Count40
Floor Area115,000 m²
Building Uses
 - mixed use
 - office
 - residential
Structural Types
 - highrise
 - lowrise
Architectural Style
 - neo-classical
 - postmodern
 - glass
 - steel
 - marble
 - concrete, reinforced
 - brick

• Architect: Aflalo & Gasperini Arquitetos.

• A proposal building of 115000m2 constructed area was planned from architect in 1991, using the Palace house Mansão Matarazzo as portal entrance. The house would be the lobby part of the building, in sense to preserve the historic house, as it was one of the most important house at Av. Paulista old times, beloging to Conde Francisco Matarazzo owner of mainly soap and food industries - Indústrias Matarazzo - in industrialization beginning of São Paulo city. Francisco Matarazzo was an italian immigrant who together with Fascism-Mussolini made much money with food industries in Brazil after Coffee regime during the beginning of 1900 years. The building planned would have at least 40 upper floors and would be a mark for city as its site is located atop the Av. Paulista hill, the highest point in SP city. At its time would be the tallest construction building above see level in city. The house had 16 saloons and 19 dormitories.

• This project was controversal about traffic jams in the neighborhood. First, 2 years before, the mansion and small palace, built in the beginning of the last century, was a justice dispute. In April of 1986, the house was abandoned. In 1989 mayor Luiza Erundina (in the time at PT) asked for the Knocked down of the property by City Hall of São Paulo, proposing to turn the mansion into a " museum of the worker ". In meantime an use for the house was thought and the building was proposed by Aflalo & Gasperini Architects. The heirs of the count Matarazzo managed to cancel the falling preservation in the Justice in sense to use privately the site to be sold entirely to be built an huge building of 60-storeys. On the 4th of January of 1996, part of the mansion in mystery collapsed. The criminals responsible for the destruction later admitted their propose was to not have the property in use status. The newspapers spread the cause as the strong rain. Two days later, the Contru (municipal organ that supervises the constructions) closed the house and "condemned" the family to rebuild or to demolish the property. On the 11th of January (only five days later), the demolition was begun, being ended in little more than 30 days. In the dawn of the day 10 for the day 11, the coat of arms that was in the entry of the house was sprayed. The Folha de São Paulo journal announced in 13 lines, but he did not say what it was written in the spraying. After a judicial battle with the family Matarazzo, which was collecting a millionaire compensation, the mansion put an end demolished. Since 1996 the very valuable and important site at Av. Paulista is used as a parking lot.

• The Cyrela and an enterprise of the group Camargo Corrêa confirmed the purchase of an emblematic land of the family Matarazzo in the avenue for R$ 125 millions. Two enterprises plan now to build a new property undertaking in the site of 12 thousand square meters, one of most valued of the city. The new project has been released here:

• The house was destroyed in 1996 leaving a cleaned site.

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