Moscow tower nicks Shard's title as 'Europe's tallest building'
Mercury City Tower powers past Shard to claim record - but not for long
A skyscraper in Moscow has stolen Renzo Piano’s Shard’s title as Europe’s tallest building - after barely three months.
The Mercury City Tower is 339m high, which makes it 29m taller than the 310m Shard which was inaugurated in July.
But its reign will be short-lived. The distinctive copper glass-clad building stands in the high-rise Moscow City development where its under-construction neighbour, the Federation Tower, will reach 506m when it completes next year.
The 70-storey Mercury City Tower was designed by the late New York architect Frank Williams in collaboration with Moscow architects Mikhail Posokhin and GL Sirota. They described it as Moscow’s first green building.
The Shard actually became Europe’s tallest building at the end of 2011, while still under construction.