The Largest Renovation project in São Paulo
A large scale, privately funded, retrofit renovation project of a historical site begins in São Paulo
The project was exhibited at the Mackenzie Historical Center during Historical Heritage weekend.
São Paulo – Cidade Matarazzo, the newly minted name for the former Matarazzo Hospital complex, is undergoing the most extensive privately funded heritage revitalization project in Brazil’s history.
Due to be completed in 2019, the project envisioned by Groupe Allard is a roughly R$1 billion investment. It obtained approval from the state agency that regulates heritage buildings (CONDEPHAAT — Council for the Defense of Historical, Archaeological, Artistic and Touristic Heritage Sites) in January 2015.
The construction begins in March with the restoration of the old Matarazzo Hospital, known as Umberto Primo, only a couple blocks from Paulista Avenue. “This project will be a landmark for the city of São Paulo. We have architecture by Jean Nouvel, interior design by Philippe Starck and a luxury hotel operated by Rosewood Hotels and Resorts”, explains Maurício Bianchi, Construction Director of Cidade Matarazzo.
The revitalization project will result in the transformation of the former Matarazzo Hospital grounds into an enormous complex for culture, gastronomy, shopping and leisure. With a total area that spans 27 thousand square meters, the space will retain its original architectural characteristics and be transformed into a place for wellbeing. Groupe Allard’s proposal consists of converting the old Hospital and Maternity in a multifunctional project that articulates cultural, commercial and business activities. To do so, the design integrates older heritage buildings and new constructions, establishing, therefore, a harmonious relationship between the two.