Whilst curves are the trend in São Paulo, Neimeyer and anacondas are the perpetrators.
The 'beehive' city.
São Paulo Copan Building rises from the sea of houses like a giant tidal wave - the work of Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer. This residential monument of reinforced concrete, which is 160 metres high, is mainly home to offices and apartments. It is one of the city's main symbols, and its construction began in the 1950s but was not completed until the following decade. Niemeyer claimed that its sinuous architecture was inspired by the enormous anacondas, with more than 5,000 of them in Brazil alone. The building's administrators allow a fleeting 10 minute visit to its 360 degree terrace, 32 stories up, and always pre-booked. Copan, which they call 'beehive column' or 'vertical city' is another example of how architecture can utilise limited free space.