It’s getting hard to keep up with the growing number of “world’s biggest” buildings. After Dubai and Taipei’s short-lived fame, it’s now Moscow’s turn to boast one of these towering structures.
The city is to build a 1500 ft high structure that will accommodate 30,000 residents with room for 900 apartments, 3000 hotel rooms and several cultural and exhibition facilities. At 27 m sq. ft. the floor space promises to be four times bigger than the Pentagon, and the building will be twice as wide as London’s Millennium dome.
Named Crystal Island after its glass facade that resembles cut crystal, the structure will also contain one of Moscow’s largest and highest open spaces, offering terrific views from 980 ft high platforms.
Although critics have already dismissed it as vulgar, Lord Foster – the designer of the building – is ecstatic of the scope of his ambitious project. Crystal Island is slated to be completed in five year’s time.
One expert said the building demonstrates Russia’s “might,” and personifies Moscow’s “boldly thrusting” personality. Does anybody else think the connection between men and fancy sports cars is also true for the buildings they create?
As of 2009, construction has been postponed due to the global economic crisis.
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