Copan Reform Expected to Resume in November

Current impasse concerns the tablets lining building that are no longer manufactured

Francesca Angiolillo
São Paulo

For the last eight years, 5,000 inhabitants of downtown São Paulo have had their view obscured by a net.

It was December 2011 when Conpresp, the city's heritage preservation council, authorized the installation of a screen and protective net on the main façade of the Copan building, preventing accidents due to the peeling exterior.

Copan building in São Paulo (Foto: Eduardo Knapp/Folhapress, COTIDIANO). - Folhapress

Consent was needed because the building designed by Oscar Niemeyer had, since 1992, its tipping process under review - the measure was effective in 2012.

Since then, the restoration delay has been added to the colossal statistics of the building, a winding structure that dominates av. Ipiranga, with 1,160 apartments on 32 floors and 80 stores on the ground floor.

However, by the end of the month, the issue is expected to clear up.

This is the deadline for the condominium to present the company responsible for the restoration project.

The presentation of a complete restoration project, with drawings, technical diagnosis of the problems, and a memorial of the procedures to be performed, signed by a competent professional, was one of the guidelines set by Conpresp in 2011. Copan management has done studies but did not detail the solutions.

Much time has been spent discussing the type of tablets to use. Ceramic originals are no longer manufactured to the same specifications. The proposals for the condo, made of glass, looked different and would be visible if applied in gaps.

Translated by Kiratiana Freelon

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