Edifício Matarazzo (EN)

Housing the City Hall since 2004, it was opened in 1939 to house one of the largest industrial conglomerates in Brazilian history: Indústrias Reunidas Francisco Matarazzo. Designed by the Italian Marcello Piacentini – the favorite architect of the Italian dictator Benito Mussolini –, the building includes elements of classical inspiration, besides the austerity and monumental features of the Fascist style.


– There is a garden on the top of the building with over 400 plant species: there are persimmon, guava, mango and coconut trees, coffee plants, sugarcane, Brazil wood, medicinal plants. There is also a small pond with carps.

– It is said that the three Ms that appear repeatedly on the façade make reference to the initials of Matarazzo, Mussolini and Marcello (Piacentini).

– Inside the building, there are floors, walls and pillars made of marble, door made of jacarandá and a mosaic showing the Matarazzo factories throughout Brazil, created by Studio Mosaico Padoan, from Venice.

– Edifício Matarazzo [Matarazzo Building] is part of the ‘Architecture in Downtown’ thematic itinerary. For further information, access www.cidadedesaopaulo.com or seek the nearest Tourist Information Center.

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Address: Viaduto do Chá, 15.

Opening hours: open from Monday thru Friday, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.