Moscow's Mercury City overtakes The Shard
as Europe's tallest skyscraper


Mercury City

News: Moscow skyscraper Mercury City topped out today and has overtaken Renzo Piano's The Shard as the tallest building in Europe.

According to buildings analyst Emporis, the tower surpassed the 310-metre-height of Piano's London tower in September and it now stands at 339 metres tall.

The tower is one of five Russian skyscrapers in the list of ten tallest buildings in Europe, while Moscow is also the city with the most high-rise buildings on the continent. As an expert in large-scale construction projects, Emporis reports that the property boom there can be credited to a number of factors. "Many Russian and foreign investors focus on prestigious building projects," said analyst Matthew Keutenius. "Furthermore, there are less building regulations in Moscow than in other European metropolises."

Mercury City

Featuring a shimmering facade of golden glass, Mercury City was designed by Russian architect Mikhail Posokhin and the late American architect Frank Williams, and is due to be inaugurated in early 2013.

However, its reign as tallest building will likely be short-lived, as under construction nearby is the planned 506-metre Federation Tower, which is set to complete next year.

Compared with skyscrapers globally, Europe's buildings are still relatively small. The tallest building in the world currently is the SOM-designed Burj Khalifa in Dubai, which at 828 metres is almost 500 metres higher than Mercury City. Construction has also started on the Kingdom Tower in Jeddah, which will be over 1000 metres high once complete.

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  • Niño

    My god that’s ug-lee.

  • Akeel

    Beats The Shard in height, not in design.

  • matei23

    Just a bit taller, but whole lot uglier.

  • 3DD

    Now seeing this I actually think the Shard is a very nice building.

  • Proof that height is no qualifier for design or beauty.

  • Aaron

    I think it’s quite a good materialisation of the sentiments of Russian politics and culture at this moment in history. It should also be given credit for being the first transformer that turns into a building.

  • DanieleR

    I didn´t know Moscow was in Europe…

    • 3DD

      Europe does not end with European Union.

  • Max

    It looks surprisingly good on these photos. It's much uglier in real life.

  • CrazyDazy

    The Shard is ugly as well.

  • europe

    Moscow is not Europe.

    • DanielM

      Yes it is, get a map.

  • Tom

    Kind of funny that a building by an architect associated so much with a city of capitalism, New York, ends up being the tallest building in Moscow.

    • byop wajip

      LOL… what’s funny about that?

  • I see that Tron Legacy was a huge hit in Russia :P

  • Chris

    Like a stretched-out version of The Mirage. Only needs an enormous fountain display and casino!

  • Alain Baudelaire

    Is CCCP sky tower! Nothing has changed!

  • Ilya

    Pretty standard ugly skyscraper.

  • tyler

    1985 called. They want their terrible architecture back.

  • Anton

    Moscow is my hometown and it is just sad to see such ugly architecture going up.

  • Really?

    SINCE WHEN DID RUSSIA BECOME PART OF EUROPE? Why stop there? China is right next to Russia, is China part of Europe too?

  • Mona

    I have no idea why so many negative people put their comments here, but I think it’s a quite lovely and successful modern design. I think it looks beautiful.

  • DEE H

    Since when is Moscow in Europe…?

    • Allan

      Since very long ago.