The Tallest Buildings In Brazil

The Mirante do Vale, pictured on the left, is one of Brazil's tallest buildings.
The Mirante do Vale, pictured on the left, is one of Brazil's tallest buildings.

Tall Buildings In Brazil

Brazil, located on the Atlantic coast of South America, is a large country that is home to a number of skyscrapers. Skyscrapers are buildings that stand taller than 164 feet in height and have a minimum of 40 stories. Most of Brazil’s skyscrapers are located in Sao Paulo, the country’s financial center. This article takes a closer look at the five tallest buildings in Brazil.

Millennium Palace

The Millennium Palace building stands at 581.7 feet in height and has 46 floors, making it the tallest building in Brazil and one of the tallest buildings in South America. It is located in Balneario Camboriu in Santa Catalina, where it serves as a residential building. This building encompasses 37 apartments and looks out onto the ocean. Construction on this project began on August 10, 2014 and finished in the same year. The height of Millennium Palace surpassed that of the Mirante do Vale, which had previously been the tallest building in Brazil for over 50 years.

Mirante do Vale

The Mirante do Vale is the second tallest building in Brazil, although it held first place as the tallest from 1960 to 2014. It stands at 558 feet, consists of 51 stories, and serves as an office building. This building is located in Sao Paulo, where it remain the tallest. Construction of the Mirante do Vale building lasted from 1959 to 1960, a total of two years. When finished, it was known as the Palacio Zarzur Kogan until 1988. From the top of the building, visitors can view the entire downtown region.

Edificio Italia

The Edificio Italia consists of 46 floors and rises to 541 feet in height, making it the third tallest building in Brazil. It has a total area of 560,000 square feet. This building is located in Sao Paulo and was built between 1956 and 1965. Its unique design, narrow and long with rounded facade, makes it easy to identify. It has been home to the Terraço Itália Restaurant, on the 41st floor, since September of 1967. Tourists can visit the rooftop observatory and look out across the city’s various districts.

Rio Sul Center

The fourth tallest building in Brazil is the Rio Sul Center in Rio de Janeiro. It stands at 538 feet in height and has 50 floors, two of which are underground. Construction on this building began in 1976 and ended in 1982. Today, it is home to a number of offices and a large shopping mall, the Riosul Shopping Center. It was built in the Brutalist architectural style, characterized by its fortress-like appearance and large quantities of exposed cement.

Edificio Altino Arantes

The Edificio Altino Arantes, sometimes knows as the Banespa Building, is located in Sao Paulo. It is the fifth tallest building in Brazil and stands at 528.94 feet. This building has a total area of 193,220 square feet, comprised of 36 stories, and was built to serve as the headquarters for the Bank of the State. Its construction took nearly eight years to complete and lasted from September of 1939 to June of 1947. At its inauguration, it was the tallest building in the world outside of the United States. The design of this building was influenced by the Empire State Building. From its observation deck, tourists can view the Edificio Itália, Catedral da Sé, and the Municipal Market.

Which Are The Tallest Buildings In Brazil?

RankNameCityHeight (m)Year of completion
1Millennium PalaceBalneário Camboriú1772014
2Palácio W. ZarzurSão Paulo1701960
3Edifício ItáliaSão Paulo1651965
4Rio Sul CenterRio de Janeiro1631980
5Edifício Altino ArantesSão Paulo1611947
6Villa Serena Torre ABalneário Camboriú1592012
7Villa Serena Torre BBalneario Camboriú1592012
8Torre NorteSão Paulo1581999
9BegôniasSão Paulo1582008
10JabuticabeirasSão Paulo1582008

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