Gallery: World’s Biggest Building Coming to Moscow: Crystal Island


Moscow’s rapidly growing skyline will soon feature an eye-popping new addition: Crystal Island, which will be the world’s biggest building when completed. Sir Norman Foster’s mountainous 27 million square feet spiraling “city within a building” will cost $4 billion and it is scheduled to be built within next 5 years.

The Crystal Island will be Lord Foster’s second large scale project in the Russian capital, and his third new building design that resembles a volcano (we’re talking about his two mountainous buildings in Astana, Kazakstan). Although many people are calling this design the ‘Christmas Tree’ of Moscow – we can’t help but be reminded of the utopian and also rather volcanic X-Seed 4000 design for Tokyo. Unlike that pipe-dream project, however, Foster has a track record of getting buildings built, so the likelihood is high that we will see this striking structure towering over the Kremlin within 5 years time.

The statistics for the project are absolutely staggering; floor area alone will be four times the size of Pentagon in Washington DC. The incredible 1500 ft. tall multi use structure will feature 900 apartments, 3000 hotel rooms, an international school for 500 students, cinemas, a theater, sports complex and much more. There will also be a 16,500 space underground parking lot for all the visitors. The Crystal Island visitors will be able to enjoy panoramic views of Moscow on the viewing platforms located 980 ft. above ground.

And as we’d expect from Foster + Partners, this soon-to-be world’s biggest building will also incorporate a number of sustainable design features into the overall scheme. The exterior facade will be solar responsive and will include solar panels which, along with wind turbines, will generate electricity for the huge tower. Natural ventilation will be provided thanks to numerous strategically placed large atriums. The internal environment will also have dynamic enclosure panels slotted into the structural framing that will allow daylight to penetrate deep into the heart of the structure; the panels will also be controlled to modify temperature inside the building – closed in winter for extra warmth and opened in summer to allow natural ventilation. Energy management is at the heart of this structure, several on-site renewable and low-carbon energy generation projects are planned.

+ Crystal Island – by Norman Foster

+ X-Seed 400 — City Within a Building Proposal For Tokyo

+ Foster Green Tower in Siberia

Via via Times Online: Foster plans world’s biggest building

Images via SkycraperCity.


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  1. school administrator February 25, 2010 at 6:00 am

    Actually, this building has been put on hold because the building developers are the same as the ones involved in CityCenter Las Vegas and DubaiWorld. They planned this during the peak of the real estate boom. I don’t think valuations are strong enough anymore to justify this.

  2. mohim December 21, 2009 at 12:40 pm

    its really beautiful.

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  5. cd rates September 21, 2009 at 10:22 pm

    Wow, I’ve never seen anything like this before. When is it set to be completed?

  6. tempa gyeltshen August 18, 2009 at 12:37 am

    well..i wish have all its status uploaded for making people know sufficient about it…undoubtedly its an amazing design still in air yet to acquire the confirmation to land as a structure..

  7. quarkchop June 21, 2009 at 7:38 am

    This Building is very similiar to a proposal for a colosus of a building in Brazil a few years back , although this desighn is a bit more elegant overal I seriuosly doubt it has a chance of ever being built . By the way , what is it with the Russians and thier bigger is better philosphy ?

  8. patrickt May 11, 2009 at 10:01 pm

    I agree with most people it will be bad for the people who live there but it be cool to visit. I mean if you live there you won’t have to leave the building.

  9. jhonder April 24, 2009 at 5:30 am

    oh my god…. it is so very great, and wonderful at the same time
    I can’t wait to see that fabulous and amazing world biggest beautiful building in the world…

  10. durgesh February 10, 2009 at 2:43 am

    Hello sir i want world biggest building wall papers and more details, then i want the owener name and his place

  11. JG_Burgess November 26, 2008 at 12:11 pm

    “Big” is not necessarily a synonym for “tall”.
    I assume here that they are referring to the total floor coverage.. I think 25 million square feet or something akin to that.

    Just wanted to clear that. Anyway, it is likely that there shall be many more of these wondrous structures, (e.g. the Ultima tower, etc.) so it is rather fruitless to protest against this particular endeavour (when we consider the calibre of the designers) when many more are planned for construction.

    Wishing all a fabulous week.

  12. Exequias November 21, 2008 at 4:45 pm

    Am I the only one who caught the part about this “world’s biggest building” being only 1500 feet tall? Is that a typo? There’s already several buildings taller than that…

  13. Yuri July 6, 2008 at 3:21 am

    “This will be great if they get Danes and Swedes to build it. If they use Russians it will be junk. Just saying.”

    – Just to remind you: The second tallest free-standing structure in the world – The Ostankino TV Tower in Moscow (540 m) – was built in the 1960s by Russian engineers and Russian construction workers, not Danes, or Swedes. You may also remember the first spacecraft…

  14. anil June 22, 2008 at 4:41 am

    it’s amaging. it’s very very very butiful. i want see…… what i do?????????????

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  17. Joe March 5, 2008 at 1:37 pm

    The Crystal Island is being built on top of a half-demolished park, a couple of miles east of the Moscow city center, so it’s not gonna kick out any other inhabitants really. Second, I don’t really like the design no, same goes with all the other skyscrapers that are being built in Moscow and St. Petersburg right now (Gazprom Tower, Federation Tower, Imperial Tower, Russia Tower and so on…), I think their design is untasteful and I’d prefer an older look of things, but they’ve already completed a bunch of them so… And yeah, Russia affords this, no problem, their GDP is increasing so fast ever since Putins election (and will continue now with Medvedev), so they have no problem with initiating giant projects like these, trust me. But, I’d still prefer the old Moscow skyline, if you ask me. But oh well, the old Stalin skyscrapers (the seven sisters) weren’t that beautiful either so.

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  19. vrykyl March 4, 2008 at 7:40 pm

    building like this are the future. they will allow large numbers of people to live in smaller spaces meeting the demands of a growing population

  20. Ivica009 February 28, 2008 at 7:06 am

    This project is fabulous. Can people just forget of politics once in life, and enjoy LIFE?!
    So, enjoy life than my dear people.

  21. Fred February 24, 2008 at 4:46 am

    Shouls it be called “Putin’s Penis” or maybe “Luzhkov’s Penis”?
    You know….small man’s syndrome.

  22. Pushkin February 23, 2008 at 3:14 am

    still i feel more should b done for the poor………

  23. Pushki February 23, 2008 at 3:12 am

    I feel the yanks are being green wid envey to hav a former enemy build somthing so grand and extrodinary!!!

  24. Mike D February 17, 2008 at 1:21 pm

    Duset Daram, how are any of the things you say connected?! What a strange comment…

    I think it looks fantastic, and with many other projects currently under construction (and on schedule) at the Moscow international business centre, I think this city will look great within a decade. Russia is sure to be a prosperous nation, and seems to have got it together at last.

  25. B@RB@RI@N February 12, 2008 at 3:17 pm

    I thin that this tower will be another symbol of Russian power because IT IS THE BIGGEST TOWER IN THE WORLD!!!!!

  26. Another Yuri February 11, 2008 at 8:20 pm

    Russia is a huge countri wthi inferiority complex to mach its size.
    The have done this before on paper and in plastic. in reality, the did not build anything original and substential
    including hotel Ukraine or Moskaw University

  27. Yuri February 3, 2008 at 10:52 am

    Initially the place was planned for a Formula-1 facilities to amuse the super-rich. It would certainly bring a lot of noise in the heart of Moscow and disturb the inhabitants nearby. People were against it. Now the new project suggests place for entertainment, shopping and leisure for the growing middle class, which my family belongs to. By the way, nobody will be displaced, for nobody lives there! We appreciate the fact that some comments from abroad express care for ‘the populace’, but ‘the populace’ here welcomes the idea. The single thing that we worry about is that the Moscow government might change its mind.

  28. Yuri February 3, 2008 at 9:09 am

    From my kitchen window, which is just opposite the construction site, I’ll be delighted to look at this magnificent structure after it is completed. My family and neighbors also express interest and approval. The design seems advanced and fabulous. As to those Russophobic ‘friends’ of Russia who don’t miss the chance to send their malicious comments about almost everything relating to my country, I would say the following: “Please, exercise restraint, gentlemen, don’t play cynics and die-hard Cold-war opponents all the time. Wait for the completion date of the project in 2014, and, probably, you’ll change your rhetoric then.”

  29. john k January 22, 2008 at 11:53 am

    This will be great if they get Danes and Swedes to build it. If they use Russians it will be junk. Just saying.

  30. Planet Apex January 22, 2008 at 3:05 am

    Wow very impressive building. What a contrast to the wheel shaped hotel I’ve written about in my blog. This sure is something to be proud of for the Russians.

  31. Toby January 19, 2008 at 3:23 pm

    Judy111 and Sebastian make a good point. Cultures and nations are defined, in the end, by just this sort of project. Versailles defines classic France, inefficient and resource consumptive though the project was. The Forbidden City is the lasting legacy of Imperial China. The Winter Palace is the rich legacy of the Tsars. San Simeon, Biltmore, Marble House and the Newport “cottages” are America’s leagcy from the 19th Century industrial barons. None of these projects make economic sense but the world would be a far poorer place without them. The building of Angkor Wat no doubt displaced many peasants and I do not discount their disadvantage – but would we prefer not to have that fabulous treasure handed down to us today? Some obviously would not place this project in the afore-mentioned distinguished company. One may argue the merits of the style back and forth but ultimately, only time and history can render the final verdict.

  32. RD January 16, 2008 at 5:34 pm

    Evacuating this island will be a BIIIIIITCH!

  33. Hizzoner January 15, 2008 at 4:56 pm

    You do realize, of course, that this is just a hoax. I can’t believe how many of you were fooled! Pretty embarrassing for all of you.

  34. sebastien January 13, 2008 at 6:48 pm

    I can’t believe the number of haters responding to this article. The mere fact that the number of folks spitting on such a project is greater than those who encourage it fully explains how screwed is our humanity. Shame on you all.

    Of course, if this project was to be built on ground zero, all of the haters would certainly get a hard on about this project. But it’s going to be built in Russia, so feel free to hate and diss!

  35. Agenzia di pubblicità January 13, 2008 at 1:44 pm

    A great idea but would be better investing that money for other purposes

  36. Judy111 January 11, 2008 at 5:51 pm

    I would love to have heard the comments of the populace during the building of the pyramids.

  37. lomunchi January 11, 2008 at 12:55 pm

    Very impressive. I am concerned about who is being displaced in order to construct this.

    I get the sick feeling that this may be the first target in the next revolution. If the neuvo riche in Russia keep strutting their wealth, the working class is going to get pretty agitated again! The new Russia needs to develop it’s middle class first before it ‘promotes’ it’s upper class.

  38. sv January 10, 2008 at 1:06 pm

    spider man, spider man, goes where ever a spider can go

  39. uday January 10, 2008 at 10:42 am

    Sounds good architecure. As per previous posts, people livening is Mascow fears about environmental issues, but they are not thinking about how Mascow is recognized and how it fanancially help to Mascow. Even tourism also generates econamy for the country

  40. duset daram January 9, 2008 at 2:43 pm

    It’s magnificent…Hey, let’s just hope some radical Islamic faction doesn’t hijack a couple passenger jets and fly them into it… Then again, maybe that would make the ‘Mother Motherland’ think twice about supporting Iran with missiles, now wouldn’t it?

  41. Basheep January 9, 2008 at 11:20 am

    I say go for it Russia. The best way to get an economy moving is to put people to work. I think it will look very impressive from the air and I hope all the trees shown in the design drawings are actually planted. Every great society in the world has and needs it’s artifacts. We have plenty in the USA so I say go for it Russia build something great.

  42. Scott E January 9, 2008 at 9:33 am

    this kind of thing is something you will have to get use to, turn of the century this isnt the future anymore its the present. just cheak all the thing being built in duibi, china, america. Even in australia.

  43. Scott E January 9, 2008 at 9:29 am

    yeah i agree stop putting down the russians, everyone is flawed. BTW, it’s not the peoples fault that they are run by dictators, ever heard of the KGB. yeah i didnt think so, so shut up. at least in my country kevin rudd wont be kidnapping my family becuase i yelled abuse about john howard at police during schoolies.

  44. Magna January 7, 2008 at 9:26 am

    The Eiffel Tower already exists :-) Interesting design though.

  45. H.Watson January 7, 2008 at 3:49 am

    Sounds like all the critics of Russians have a chip on their shoulder. Why don’t all the critics just go and DICTATE to
    the Russians. What is all this criticism against the Russians.If this tower were built in Germany The whole world would HEIL HEIL HEIL!!! Leave the Russians Alone,let them be proud for a change!

  46. giltedged January 6, 2008 at 12:45 am

    I rather like it. I think it is a graceful design although I dislike most modern buildings and especially the glass boxes. I understand this will be built some 4 miles from the Kremlin and is surrounded by trees. I am sure it will be built and also within the five years allotted.

    I am quite aware that buildings in Moscow are always built quickly nowadays unlike say the half a billion pounds Dome or Wembley Stadium in London, or the tiny wobbly footbridge across the Thames and the leaking Princess Diana memorial.

    Don’t worry “me”. Russia doesn’t need American money although there are rumours that the big American banks are going cap in hand to China requesting them to buy some equity. And “Ken” don’t believe the rumour started by a member of the same small tribe who stole all Russia’s resources in Yeltsin’s time.

  47. Steven Hughes January 5, 2008 at 1:54 am

    Doesn’t fit the Russian idea of architecture. It goes against the designs that people associate with the country (onion domes) and it is kitsch. Would look better suited in Shanghai or Taipei where they follow the over-the-top gawdy asian architecture style.

  48. Person January 4, 2008 at 7:58 pm

    Wow, can’t wait to visit it when it’s built. Sounds like something from eragon (which I thought sounded very cool when I read it).

  49. Tom January 4, 2008 at 5:15 pm

    It is an amasing building / structure…

    It might not be very profitable on its own (unless the market research shows that there are plenty of rich people wishing to visit or buy there..

    But Chrystal Island will bring the huge amount of “GOODWILL” to Moscow and Russia for sure – so it will be “profitable” for the whole city and the country – NO DOUBT ABOUT IT…

  50. Mark Feltrin January 4, 2008 at 1:26 am

    Personally i find the structure quite appealing BUT……
    The usage of the term sustainable is not applicable to singular buildings -whatever the scale. Buildings are measured by efficiencies or outputs whilst sustainable applies to whole societies. The bogus lies carried by this industry [architecture and built design] show how ego and sheepish fashion have a greater bearing on outcomes than true environmental health.
    Case in point this structure – how many tonnes of steel, concrete, glass – and how much total energy is involved. I dare say no materials are being recycled to make the structure [though i could be wrong].
    Pretty structure that will be reflected on in the future as a building in a era where people had so much and just squandered it.

  51. Fred January 4, 2008 at 12:22 am

    Looks like something out of the movie “Blade Runner”.

  52. sergy tro January 3, 2008 at 9:04 pm

    a archeticture of this building is a perfect design for russia it suits my country

  53. grad January 3, 2008 at 8:45 am

    What i wonder is how many black money will be blanked in this project , finished or not they get their purpose done. Also ill be happy to see this thing build up.

  54. Robbie January 2, 2008 at 8:03 pm

    I wonder how many mobter’s offices and crack houses the tower will house…

  55. Guillermo January 2, 2008 at 7:20 pm


    I have many buildings from Foster listed in my architecture web directory . All of them detailed explained, with text, pictures, plans and even videos in some of them

    I invite all of you to visit it an to colaborate if you feel like to.

  56. David Barrie January 1, 2008 at 10:34 am

    Foster’s buildings are lovely but he is fast becoming a parody of the hand-maiden of visionary Visigoths. In fact, architectural design appears to have totally lost its relationship to ground, plane and utility just now. It appears to have become an apolitical investment vehicle for global hedge-fund capitalism. It will be interesting to see how these schemes weather the credit crunch financial challenges of 2008.

  57. Duncan December 30, 2007 at 5:51 pm

    If they do start, and actually finish this thing, send the entire crew, from the designers to the poor slobs who who hauled away the trash over to NY… i’m stil waiting for the rebuilding of the World Trade Center that everyone promised…..

  58. Ivan December 29, 2007 at 10:41 pm

    It will be wonderful. We Russians are better at everything except for maybe invading Afganistan and making nuclear power at Chernobyl.

  59. mary December 29, 2007 at 6:25 pm

    Even if it never sees completion, every design refinement along the way evolves building design. Everyone check out band wind power collectors. They’re amazing!

  60. DUDBLANKPATHETIC December 29, 2007 at 5:43 pm

    how typically russian is that…

  61. marty December 29, 2007 at 4:21 am

    I don’t get it. This design doesn’t strike me as either beautiful or an effective use of space. For all the ground space it covers, it delivers only a modest amount of housing, recreation and retail space. It seems like the only point is “hey, look at me,” sort of like wearing a gold Rolex or driving something like the incredibly ugly current Rolls Royce. This is the kind of construction that’s done by a city of country that’s feeling insecure about it’s place in the world. Why not wrap it in chrome or gold while you’re at it?

  62. big O hat December 29, 2007 at 3:45 am

    Question: why hasn’t anyone talked about all of the JOBS this big project will bring?! What about all the TOURISTS it will bring?! I think it looks beautiful.

    Wishing you ALL well from Georgia, U.S.A.!!

  63. chahdch December 29, 2007 at 1:08 am

    Mile High was a pie in the sky concept piece. The sponsors of this structure have every intention of seeing it rise. Does anyone know if it’s being developed by the state or by private interests?

  64. Geronimo December 28, 2007 at 10:35 pm

    We had’em this design many moons before blue eyes. Red brothers know it by many names. Wigwam and teepee most common. Now we use’em design for casino advertising. See for example.

    We also give’em idea to Frank LLoyd Wright for Mile High building in Chicago. Too bad he go to Happy Hunting Ground in sky, before project start.

  65. nobody December 28, 2007 at 9:19 pm

    With so many people hungry and cold in Russia their solution is to build a monument to the wealthy so they can keep out the real world. The good thing is?

  66. Christopher P. December 28, 2007 at 4:06 pm

    ….I doubt that Foster’s name for this will last. “Crystal,” indeed! Although it is a particularly Western thing to name grand edifices after corporate sponsors, I foresee this becoming known as “Дворец Gazprom”, with the sports stadium inside named “Колизей Putin”. I think Bucky Fuller would be very proud of his protege. It is an architecture of climate engineering, and dictated human systems. If Moscovites can adapt to behave like termites….

  67. Peter the Great December 28, 2007 at 3:24 pm

    Looks like the tower of Babble. Smells like the world trade towers. Comes complete with wind powered bird grinders . Displaces many poor people in order to obtain the land to build it. Uses more resources then conventional housing because it mandates demolishing livable existing homes and buildings on witch materials have already been used.

    Yep , it’s Russia in all her splendid gloification of self indulgence and leadership arrogance.
    Just like America even.

  68. Ken December 28, 2007 at 2:25 pm

    Putin can pay this off by himself with the billions he’s acquired from ?……Look rather to how Israel is being surrounded and realize how close we all are to considering such as “Crystal Island” a non-issue. In the U.S. the time of “evil shall be called good and good evil” has been upon us for a few decades already. Our effiminate leaders are destroying us and Russia knows this, as does the whole world.

  69. Scott Houdek(Orion105) December 28, 2007 at 10:46 am

    This is interesting, this will be the beginning what “we” call the Jetson era of advance technology!!!
    if that the “building” block of new things to come don’t be surprise to see structures “pop up” in the United States, this is a good thing in a way it’s so large, that if there’s is a really nasty weather related storms such as a Hurricane Katrina, it should not be problem evacuating the public to these structures in the future!
    yes, i know the rent will be “sky high” when they open it for the general public, hey, if man can not predict the weather, we still rely on something futuristic.
    “get ready for your jet pack!”

  70. Andrew December 28, 2007 at 4:59 am

    All those saying this stands no chance in Moscow because of corruption, labour etc. don’t know Russia. I live in Moscow and work in construction and if the Mayor supports it and the governement wants it the last thing they have to worry about is corruption. The politicians will push it through and labour will be no issue – just import cheap foreign labour from neighbouring states. This is an ego project and Russia will love to have the ‘biggest and best’ in their capital. As to time – when health and safety and all the other things that hold things up in the west are unimportant things get built fast – you wouldn’t believe how fast things can get built in this market.

  71. Bob Holness December 28, 2007 at 3:19 am

    I am quite conservative when it comes to architecture and am always dismayed when another glass monstrosity is thrown up in my hometown (London, UK). However, Foster’s works do tend to have a beauty and elegance that fits in well with historical buildings. Foster’s company seem to be able to design with modern materials where others can merely build. Whereas the run-of-the-mill buildings of the time will come and go, I imagine the Foster buildings will be preserved to mark the height of design of this era (the steel and glass era).

  72. ron December 27, 2007 at 10:51 pm

    moscow should be insulted that foster would build something so imposing as to replace the skyline entirely. did moscow need replacing? why walk around moscow when you can stay inside your beehive all day.


  73. Webmaestro December 27, 2007 at 9:57 pm

    G’day from sunny Adelaide, South Australia! I just wish say hello from Down Under. Very nice and useful website and Crystal Island building. Viva Crystal Island. Have a nice day and stay online. Happy New Year!!! :)

  74. Christopher P. December 27, 2007 at 6:47 pm

    The “point” being, this appears to follow Russia’s architectural history, built and unbuilt — see for example,'s_Tower
    If you are in NYC, check out,
    It would seem consistent, scowling Mayor of Moscow or no, with Putin’s push to reclaim Soviet glory, with a more humane and sophisticated facade than Breshnev, Stalin or Lenin. Architecture must answer to the State and the People! To make it more appealing to the sustainablity crowd, do you suppose it will also contain an “Animal Farm”?

  75. alex December 27, 2007 at 4:50 pm

    Add a Snoopy Roller coaster and it’s Russia’s version of mall of america.

  76. Iakov December 27, 2007 at 3:47 pm

    Actually, it’s about middle-of-the-road for a large gated community, which is scary considering its ENTIRELY ENCLOSED!

    World’s biggest ghetto in 15 years, I’m calling it now folks.

  77. me December 27, 2007 at 3:00 pm

    Brilliant idea. And when the sarcopghagus falls apart at chernobyl and it rains radioactive ash down on your asses cause you dont want to spend the 4 billion on that just don’t come crying to the USA. (even though you will anyway)

  78. Chester December 27, 2007 at 12:20 pm

    What I’m really impressed with are the trees.

  79. Erik van Lennep December 27, 2007 at 11:39 am

    It’s the world’s largest gated community. A combined celebration of megalomania, old-school political one-upmanship (phallus waving). It’s a sad testimony to the failure of Russian society to deal with the yawning chasm between rich and poor and the massive scale of social inequity. Simple “solution”, build a bubble to live in, keep the rest out. It didn’t work to well in Tsarist times, I am pretty sure it won’t now. Not to mention the appalling mis-allocation of resources in a time when so much is in serious need of being rebuilt. Just a few gut reactions…..

  80. Ryan December 27, 2007 at 8:37 am

    Its starting to feel like our world has caught small man syndrome. everyone knows how it goes – the bigger the truck.. the smaller the _____

  81. DB December 27, 2007 at 8:03 am

    In Soviet Russia, huge skyscraper builds you!

  82. Tomm Matthis December 27, 2007 at 7:13 am

    The first thought that came to mind was “Welcome to Carousel!”.

  83. GL December 27, 2007 at 6:10 am

    It’s beautiful and ambitious BUT this project will NEVER be completed.. Way too much corruption in moscow for this to happen and that will certainly not change in 5 years.. Keep dreaming guys..

  84. David Silau December 27, 2007 at 3:40 am

    It’s amazing structure, will become a landmark . Great Design.

  85. Paul December 27, 2007 at 3:28 am

    Uh – the Pentagon isn’t in Washington, DC. It’s in Arlington, VA.

  86. Vic December 27, 2007 at 3:25 am

    The Mayor of Moscow (1st left) doesn’t look too happy…

  87. subcorpus December 27, 2007 at 2:56 am

    building higher is the way human society tends to show off their power …
    at least thats what they used to do historically speaking …
    And i think this building will do russia some good …
    also … don’t you think Dubai or someone else will be building crystal island on steroids … which will be twice as big as this one … ???
    hehe …

  88. SSHART December 27, 2007 at 12:04 am

    frigging ugly – it will be dozed in 20 years because of maintenence !!!!!!!!

  89. Bohol December 26, 2007 at 10:12 pm

    Russia is now a force to reckon with. This building is Russia’s testament to its new greatness.

  90. Hugh December 26, 2007 at 9:51 pm

    In one of the photos you see the example of the “historic” lego design that people might be worried about losing. Screw that, good job Russia, build 2.

  91. helloworld December 26, 2007 at 8:49 pm

    Never blame an architect though he only wants to make money out of this, that’s obvious. As for the project as a whole, I think it’s a disastrous step and there is no need to spend money whilst you could either contribute developing technology and invest in space science. But in the end, it’s only me. Thanks.

  92. mark December 26, 2007 at 8:06 pm

    Its not as bad as the phallic structures being built in Dubai. At least this has some delicacy and beauty in the shape — sort of like an upside-down flower.

  93. Jessica Short December 26, 2007 at 8:00 pm

    Great design for a building.
    I think this kind of buildings may be a solution for cities with a very high cost of leaving, like it is the case in Moscow.

  94. Jake December 26, 2007 at 7:52 pm

    Sounds great, but can they really built it in 5 years? Where are they getting all the materials and labors from??

    Monster projects like these usually over budget and delay.

  95. ganick December 26, 2007 at 6:19 pm

    Have to agree with btc; don’t know a graet deal about the new Russsia, but I am always humbled by the turn-of-the-century architechture of pre-revolution Russia. Can’t some sort of compromise be found that strikes a suitable balance and will remind Russians of a tradition-rich history?

  96. Jeremy December 26, 2007 at 6:03 pm

    Don’t blame the architect. It is the local government that is allowing such a thing to be built. Unfortunately they fail to see that that the long-term adaptability of such a building is limited. What happens when the structure gets old and needs servicing, its not like you can demolish “part” of the building. The city leaders fell prey to Foster’s sales pitch.

  97. Camille December 26, 2007 at 5:53 pm

    I would be surprised if this project actually gets completed, but if it did, I think it would Russia at the fore front of a new wave of city design.

  98. opp December 26, 2007 at 5:18 pm

    btc: what quality? Moscow’s a hellhole. This is a vast improvement.

  99. Bunbury December 26, 2007 at 5:09 pm

    Yeah, I’m sure that building expensive and luxurious skyscrapers is really killing the quality of life.

  100. btc December 26, 2007 at 1:34 pm

    Has megalomania anything to do with more sustainable future? We here in Moscow are devastated due to destruction of our native city by building monster houses like this. This makes the quality of life and the city landscape disastrous.

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