Banco Real Santander Headquarters
São Paulo Brazil
Height 135 m / 443 ft
Floors 34
Official Name

The current legal building name.

Banco Real Santander Headquarters
Other Names

Other names the building has commonly been known as, including former names, common informal names, local names, etc.

Torre São Paulo
Name of Complex

A complex is a group of buildings which are designed and built as pieces of a greater development.


CTBUH collects data on two major types of tall structures: 'Buildings' and 'Telecommunications / Observation Towers.' A 'Building' is a structure where at least 50% of the height is occupied by usable floor area. A 'Telecommunications / Observation Tower' is a structure where less than 50% of the structure's height is occupied by usable floor area. Only 'Buildings' are eligible for the CTBUH 'Tallest Buildings' lists.

Architecturally Topped Out
Structurally Topped Out
Under Construction
On Hold
Never Completed
Competition Entry
Proposed Renovation
Under Renovation
Under Demolition
Completed, 2009

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The CTBUH follows the United Nations's definition of City, and thus uses the lists and codes established by that organization.


A single-function tall building is defined as one where 85% or more of its usable floor area is dedicated to a single usage. Thus a building with 90% office floor area would be said to be an "office" building, irrespective of other minor functions it may also contain.

A mixed-use tall building contains two or more functions (or uses), where each of the functions occupy a significant proportion of the tower's total space. Support areas such as car parks and mechanical plant space do not constitute mixed-use functions. Functions are denoted on CTBUH "Tallest Building" lists in descending order, e.g., "hotel/office" indicates hotel function above office function.

Structural Material

Both the main vertical/lateral structural elements and the floor spanning systems are constructed from steel. Note that a building of steel construction with a floor system of concrete planks or concrete slab on top of steel beams is still considered a “steel” structure as the concrete elements are not acting as the primary structure.

Reinforced Concrete
Both the main vertical/lateral structural elements and the floor spanning systems are constructed from concrete which has been cast in place and utilizes steel reinforcement bars.

Precast Concrete
Both the main vertical/lateral structural elements and the floor spanning system are constructed from steel reinforced concrete which has been precast as individual components and assembled together on-site.

Utilizes distinct systems (e.g. steel, concrete, timber), one on top of the other. For example, a steel/concrete indicates a steel structural system located on top of a concrete structural system, with the opposite true of concrete/steel.

A combination of materials (e.g. steel, concrete, timber) are used together in the main structural elements. Examples include buildings which utilize: steel columns with a floor system of reinforced concrete beams; a steel frame system with a concrete core; concrete-encased steel columns; concrete-filled steel tubes; etc. Where known, the CTBUH database breaks out the materials used in a composite building’s core, columns, and floor spanning separately.

LEED Gold BD+C: Core and Shell

Height is measured from the level of the lowest, significant, open-air, pedestrian entrance to the architectural top of the building, including spires, but not including antennae, signage, flag poles or other functional-technical equipment. This measurement is the most widely utilized and is employed to define the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) rankings of the "World's Tallest Buildings."

135 m / 443 ft
To Tip
135 m / 443 ft
115 m / 377 ft
Floors Above Ground

The number of floors above ground should include the ground floor level and be the number of main floors above ground, including any significant mezzanine floors and major mechanical plant floors. Mechanical mezzanines should not be included if they have a significantly smaller floor area than the major floors below. Similarly, mechanical penthouses or plant rooms protruding above the general roof area should not be counted. Note: CTBUH floor counts may differ from published accounts, as it is common in some regions of the world for certain floor levels not to be included (e.g., the level 4, 14, 24, etc. in Hong Kong).

Floors Below Ground

The number of floors below ground should include all major floors located below the ground floor level.

# of Parking Spaces

Number of Parking Spaces refers to the total number of car parking spaces contained within a particular building.

Tower GFA

Tower GFA refers to the total gross floor area within the tower footprint, not including adjoining podiums, connected buildings or other towers within the development.

102,200 m² / 1,100,072 ft²
Construction Schedule



Construction Start



WTorre Empreendimentos (Walter Torres Emp.)
Structural Engineer
Escritório Técnico Feitosa e Cruz Ltda; Julio Kassoy e Mario Franco
MEP Engineer
MHA Engenharia Ltda.; TEMON Técnica de Montagens e Construções Ltda.; Thermoplan Engenharia Térmica Ltda.
WTorre Empreendimentos (Walter Torres Emp.)


About Banco Real Santander Headquarters

The building was originally designed by a separate architect as the headquarters for the State Energy Company Eletropaulo, but was abandoned after the concrete structure was completed. The structure was known for more than ten years as “the skeleton,” marring one of the most visible sites in São Paulo. In 2007 the challenging work of transforming an existing building shell into a completed design began. The result comprised of a glass tower with a single recess on each façade, creating the illusion of four slender glass buildings.

A sustainable approach was a key driver to the new design. With much of the building structure inherited, this approach focused on the use of local materials, energy efficiency, and the construction process. Rainwater and HVAC condensation is re-used for the landscape irrigation system and the high efficiency vacuum toilet system. All parking is located underground allowing almost 60% of the site area to be composed of vegetated open space. Further, the neighboring property is a public park, which was donated to the city by the construction company.

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