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Monday28 July 2014

Moscow tower nicks Shard's title as 'Europe's tallest building'

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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.

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  • Your article contains several errors. Federation Tower is not under construction at Red Square, but adjacent to Mercury City Tower at the Moscow International Business Center, which itself is not anywhere near Red Square. Red Square is more than 5km away to the east. BD often does not appear to check its facts and there are frequently typos, as there is in this article: New York is written as "New Yotrk." I do not believe this is an acceptable level of journalism as I have noticed these inaccuracies and typos on numerous occasions.

    Time to raise the bar, BD!

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  • Thanks, David. We've just corrected the story. I did say the Federation Tower was being built in the Moscow City development, but I can see that the way I originally phrased it was unclear.

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  • zecks_marquise

    think i'm in love!

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  • Excuse me for asking this, I'm from a third world country, my English may not be up to modern standards, but what's an 'under-construction neighbour'?

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  • What a wonderfully subtle building. Simple, elegant, restrained and delicate.

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  • where's my bucket.....again

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  • That can only be described as a nouveau riche set of buildings. They've clearly finally got a pile of money, but absolutely no class at all.

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