Wednesday, October 10, 2007

são paulo, copan building

Designed by Oscar Niemeyer and completed in 1953, the Copan Building is a megalithic tour de force of the brise soleil taken to its sinewy extreme. The façade’s slow undulation coaxes its grain into dynamism as hundreds of horizontal shelves draw the eye upward to the waving crest of its perspectival silhouette. The bulk of the façade masks some 1,160 individual apartments sectioned into blocks and perched over a Reubenesque galleria whose floor slowly slopes with the Sao Pãulian topography.