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St. Petersburg to Build 77-Story Glass Skyscraper

9. October 2009 by Daniel 0 Comments

St. Petersburg to Build 77-Story Glass Skyscraper

The City of St. Petersburg, Russia, will soon have a new edifice dotting its skyline – one that pleases some and angers others. The city’s governor recently signed a decree allowing the construction of a 77-story skyscraper in the city center. The building will house offices of the state energy giant Gazprom.

Some call the building a step forward that will give the city a foothold in the technology and business world. In televised comments after signing the decree, Gov. Valentina Matviyenko said the building would be an architectural masterpiece that future generations will be proud of.”

Supporters also cite St. Petersburg’s struggle to match Moscow economically in the post-Soviet era.

Others are not as enthusiastic, declaring that the building is an affront to the city’s architectural history. Even during the Soviet era when other cities constructed skyscrapers as a symbol of pride, St. Petersburg stood out as the one location that retained czarist-era historical buildings.

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) also said that the skyscraper might jeopardize St. Petersburg’s status as a world heritage site.

Still the tower will be located away from the busiest parts of the city, but will still be clearly visible from many angles.

Source: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB125374696709635687.html