Mercury City tops out

Friday 02 Nov 2012

The Shard takes second place as Moscow’s Mercury City reaches 339m in height

Until now, Renzo Piano’s The Shard has been recognised as the tallest building in Europe at 310m in height. This title has now been passed to the Mercury City tower in Moscow, designed by Mikhail Posokhin, Gennadiy Lvovich Sirota and the late architect Frank Williams.

Due to complete early next year, Mercury City will be 70 storeys high and has been enshrouded with a glittering copper-hued glass façade. A topping out ceremony was held yesterday as the building reached its full height of 339m.

Mercury City will hold the title for the tallest building in Europe for a short period of time, as the Federation Tower by German architects Schweger Partners and nps tchoban voss architects BDA is due to complete next year at a magnificent height of 506m (including spire).

Global building data provider Emporis published a press release in September naming Moscow the ‘new European Capital of Skyscrapers’. The press release read: “Five out of the ten tallest skyscrapers in Europe are currently located in Moscow, including the tallest building in Europe, called Mercury City. But not only in relation to the building height has Moscow left its competitors behind.

“It’s also the European city with the most skyscrapers: Altogether, Moscow counts 87 buildings which are at least 100 meters high or have more than 40 floors. More than two thirds of them are not older than nine years.

"Even the London-based skyscraper The Shard, inaugurated in July and celebrated as Europe’s tallest building with a height of 310 meters, has been overshadowed by Mercury City: Though not yet completed, it has already outperformed The Shard. After its completion, Mercury City will be nearly 29 meters taller than its competitor in London.

“There are numerous reasons for the construction boom in Moscow. For Matthew Keutenius, Data Analyst at Emporis, different factors are crucial: ‘Many Russian and foreign investors focus on prestigious building projects, such as are being built in the new urban district Moscow City, where Mercury City is located, too. Furthermore, there are less building regulations in Moscow than in other European metropolises’.”

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