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Skyscrapers; Europe's Tallest: Mercury City Tower, Moscow, Russia

Photo of Mercury City Tower at sunset right next to other Moscow skyscraper
Skyscrapers; Europe's Tallest: Mercury City Tower, Moscow, Russia
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Mercury City Tower, located in the new business district of Moscow, Russia just pushed London's Shard of the throne taking its place as the tallest skyscraper in the Europe. Interesting fact is that Mercury City Tower was actually taller skyscraper than Shard at the time of announcement of new Europe's tallest located in London. Now that Moscow's tallest topped out, it's official and the tittle goes to Russia.


Mercury City Tower is 339m (1,112ft) tall with 75 floors while the Shard is 309m (1,014ft) tall with 73 floors. Design work is done by the Frank Williams and partners with M.M. Posokhin and G.L. Sirota. New skyscraper will be brand new headquarters for Mercury Development Company.

"Moscow is going through an architectural renaissance. The current transformation has to be credited to the city's Mayer, Yuri Luzhkov, who has a vast knowledge of international architecture as well as a great vision and love for the city of Moscow. The city has a "built architectural form" that is rich in complexity and scale. As a result the design of Mercury City Tower ties into the city's fabric and has a strong reference to Russian Constructivism. This Constructivism gives the tower a strong vertical thrust similar to the one found in New York's Chrysler Building. The comparative height to the top of the spire of Mercury City Tower is 200 feet higher than the famed Chrysler landmark.

The new tower is sheathed in a light, warm silver glass that will act as a background for Moscow's new City Hall, which has a rich red glass roofscape. This new City Hall sits adjacent to Mercury City Tower.


Frank Williams has opened an architectural office in Moscow with the renowned Moscow Architect Michael Posokhin. "Though blessed with an abundance of natural energy resources, it is important to conserve energy in a country like Russia," he says. Mercury City Tower is the first structure in Moscow to be recognized as a "green building," which means that is meets rigorous international standards.

"I'm always trying to look for the special, unique feeling of each site, and incorporate it in my design," he says. He emphasizes that the best work an architect can do is to create a building reflective of its true surroundings."
          -Frank Williams and partners

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Ground to roof construction photo of Mercury City Tower
Skyscrapers; Construction Photo of Europe's Tallest: Mercury City Tower, Moscow, Russia
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Photo of upper half floors of the Mercury City Tower with golden facade
Skyscrapers; Construction Photo of Europe's Tallest: Mercury City Tower, Moscow, Russia
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Construction photo of upper half floors of Mercury City Tower with orange colored facade
Skyscrapers; Construction Photo of Europe's Tallest: Mercury City Tower, Moscow, Russia
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Construction photo of front slim side of the Mercury City Tower along with the other skyscrapers under construction
Skyscrapers; Construction Photo of Europe's Tallest: Mercury City Tower, Moscow, Russia
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Construction photo of Moscow's skyscrapers along with the Mercury City Tower
Skyscrapers; Construction Photo of Europe's Tallest: Mercury City Tower, Moscow, Russia
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Rendering of new Europe's tallest skyscraper along with the Federation Tower
Skyscrapers; Europe's Tallest: Mercury City Tower, Moscow, Russia
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Rendering of new Moscow's skyline
Skyscrapers; Europe's Tallest: Mercury City Tower, Moscow, Russia
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Rendering of new Moscow's skyline with domination of the Federation Tower
Skyscrapers; Europe's Tallest: Mercury City Tower, Moscow, Russia
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Rendering of entrance into the tower
Skyscrapers; Europe's Tallest: Mercury City Tower, Moscow, Russia
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Rendering of golden glass facade and the sky reflection as seen from the entrance level looking up
Skyscrapers; Europe's Tallest: Mercury City Tower, Moscow, Russia
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Rendering of sunset reflection on the lower floors of Mercury City Tower
Skyscrapers; Europe's Tallest: Mercury City Tower, Moscow, Russia
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Rendering of Mercury City tower at sunset
Skyscrapers; Europe's Tallest: Mercury City Tower, Moscow, Russia
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Rendering of Mercury City Tower at sunset between the other two Moscow's skyscrapers
Skyscrapers; Europe's Tallest: Mercury City Tower, Moscow, Russia
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Rendering of lower floors of the Mercury City Tower and streets around the tower
Skyscrapers; Europe's Tallest: Mercury City Tower, Moscow, Russia
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Rendering of the sunset reflection on the first few floor of the tower
Skyscrapers; Europe's Tallest: Mercury City Tower, Moscow, Russia
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Rendering of the base and entrances as seen from the air
Skyscrapers; Europe's Tallest: Mercury City Tower, Moscow, Russia
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Rendering of the plaza in front of the tower at night
Skyscrapers; Europe's Tallest: Mercury City Tower, Moscow, Russia
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Rendering of the streets around the tower's base at night
Skyscrapers; Europe's Tallest: Mercury City Tower, Moscow, Russia
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Rendering of new Moscow's skyline at night
Skyscrapers; Europe's Tallest: Mercury City Tower, Moscow, Russia
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Mercury City Tower and other skyscrapers at night
Skyscrapers; Europe's Tallest: Mercury City Tower, Moscow, Russia
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Illustration showing future Moscow's skyline
Skyscrapers; Future Moscow's skyline
© Frank Williams and Partners

Floor section showing the structure between two floors of the tower
Skyscrapers; Floor section of Europe's Tallest: Mercury City Tower, Moscow, Russia
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Mercury City Tower floor plan at the ground level
Skyscrapers; Floor plan of the Europe's Tallest: Mercury City Tower, Moscow, Russia
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Mercury City Tower floor plans of the upper floors
Skyscrapers; Floor plan of the Europe's Tallest: Mercury City Tower, Moscow, Russia
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