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Curvy building revitalises downtown Sao Paulo

Its transformation has fuelled revival of an area that was once feared and avoided but now draws visitors to its cutting-edge galleries, skate parks and trendy restaurants

An aerial shot of the S-shaped modernist Edifício Copan apartment building in São Paulo. The landmark Oscar Niemeyer building is home to about 5,000 residents in apartments ranging from cubbyhole studios to sprawling penthouses.

Sao Paolo, Brazil

GIOVANNI Bright didn't dare chat with his neighbours in the elevator when he bought his apartment 31 years ago.

"You didn't know who was standing next to you," he said. "There were drug dealers on the top floors, and some of the apartments were just flop houses...

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