Moscow’s “Mercury City” Tops Out, Now Europe’s Tallest Structure
Moscow has reclaimed the distinction of having Europe’s tallest building as the new tower, Mercury City, tops out at 338 meters. The honor comes just months after losing the title to Renzo Piano’s 310-meter Shard in London. Mercury City is an eye-catching mixed-use tower that will house both offices and personal residences.
Clad in a glistening, copper-colored glass, the new tower surely won’t hold the recognition long as it happens to be located near another rising structure. Situated next door is the construction site of Moscow’s Federation Tower, the high-rise that is expected to reach 506 meters upon next year’s completion. This volleying of bragging rights is nothing new to the city as there are two other structures within Moscow City that have once held the title of Europe’s tallest building.
The sky-high tower was designed by U.S. architect Frank Williams (who passed away in 2010) and Russia’s own Mikhail Posokhin. The 70-story skyscraper is scheduled to be completed in early 2013.