Bandeira Square / Praça da Bandeira

São Paulo, Brazil

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Bandeira Square is located in the centre of São Paulo, at the intersection of 9 de Julho Avenue and 23 de Maio (North-South Corridor).

The deadline for final project submissions is Thursday 8 June 5PM UTC. Please note that the final proposal submission requirements differ for this site. Please refer to the Site Form for more information. 

The area is characterised as one of the main routes of travel between the south and north zones of the capital of São Paulo. As a result, the area has a large circulation of vehicles, mainly because most of the space is dedicated to the municipal bus terminal, after which the square is named.

The entire area can be crossed by viaducts and by pedestrian walkways that mainly connect the terminal to the entrances to the Anhangabaú subway station. There is a walkway connecting the terminal to Largo da Memória, a historic site in the city centre and home to the first monument in São Paulo, the Obelisco dos Piques. 

This portion of the city is well served by public transportation with bus and metro lines, including the Princesa Isabel, Praça do Correio and Parque Dom Pedro bus terminals and the Sé, São Bento, República, Anhangabaú and Luz metro stations. However, communal living spaces are scarce, and it is worth noting that vehicle traffic still takes priority in urban design

The square is surrounded by important buildings such as the São Paulo City Council building, the Red Bull Station Cultural Center, Shopping Light, Vale do Anhangabaú and the Matarazzo Building, (the current headquarters of the City Hall of São Paulo).

The Bandeira Square is in the inner portion of the area formed by a ring road, better known as Rótula Central. This ring road symbolically surrounds and reduced access to the Historic Centre, a design implemented at a time when city urban interventions prioritised car traffic.

Approx. site area

76.771 m²

Key Information

The Bandeira Terminal has a total area of ​​19,900 square meters, serves 19 bus lines and receives approximately 40,000 passengers per day. It has paid integration with Metro Line 3, through Anhangabaú Station.

Priority areas & main expectations

  1.  The main objective is to make Bandeira Square a pleasant place for pedestrians to circulate, with a focus on walkability, active mobility, and the creation of green areas

  1. Secondly, proposals should redesign the space by restructuring the road junctions and connections between the two margins of the Vale do Anhangabaú, as well as between the buildings of the City Council and City Hall of São Paulo. Proposals should also rethink the functioning of the Urban Terminal and the three channelled streams that pass through the site (Saracura, Itororó and Bixiga) and the Anhangabaú stream. 

  1. Finally, it is essential that proposals consider best practices for low-carbon urban development, in order to promote more resilient and sustainable spaces.

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Praça da Bandeira / Bandeira Square
Sao Paulo Brazil