Inside the Copan: A City within a Building

To view more photos and videos from the Copan, explore the Edifício Copan and Centro Cultural Pivô location pages.

Towering above the heart of São Paulo, the Copan apartment building resembles a wave wending through the frenetic movement of the city. Designed by renowned Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer, the Copan houses about 5,000 residents in its more than 1,000 apartments. The idea of community stands as one of the founding principles of the Copan, as its communal spaces and sweeping floor areas are meant to encourage residents to come together. Drawing on this idea, Brazilian artist Fernanda Brenner recently converted an abandoned clinic within the Copan into Pivô (@pivoarte), an experimental art space showcasing modern art. In creating Pivô, Brenner aims to show not only the artist’s final work but also the creative process. Artists are encouraged to prepare for exhibits in open studio spaces, stimulating a unique dialogue between São Paulo and its art.