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Russia Tower – Super Skyscraper Project Canceled

8. January 2010 by Daniel 0 Comments

It was to have been the tallest building in Europe – and the second tallest in the world, rivaling the newly opened Burj Dubai tower. But, due to financial difficulties, construction of Russia Tower in Moscow’s International Business Centre has been officially canceled.


The 2,130-foot structure was to have included 118 occupied floors, natural ventilation and various “green” technologies making it one of Europe’s most environmentally friendly buildings. Its design incorporated space for apartments, a hotel, office space and leisure space as well as a series of indoor gardens running through the building’s core.


Original plans for the proposed structure began in 1994 with the intention that upon completion it would become the world’s tallest building. Designed by an American and British architectural firms, the plans were revised in 2003 and construction began in 2007.


However, the world financial crisis of 2008 ultimately led to the cancellation of the project. Russian billionaire developer Shalva Chigirinsky, who financed a number of building projects in Russia, was forced to freeze several of said projects due to massive debts he had accumulated.


Later in 2009, Moscow officials announced that the area of land where the tower was supposed to have stood will eventually contain a structure of some kind. However, it is unclear what that structure will be.

Some have compared Russia Tower to a similar project undertaken during the early days of the Soviet Union, dubbed Palace of the Soviets. The gigantic tower commissioned by Joseph Stalin in the 1930s – and which was to have included a statue of Vladimir Lenin at its top – was intended to be a Soviet counterpart to American skyscrapers such as the Empire State Building.