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Top 10 tallest: Why Moscow is the new European capital of skyscrapers

Five out of the ten tallest skyscrapers in Europe are now in Moscow, according to new research

Among them is the highest building in Europe, the 339m-tall Mercury City office and residential tower which is currently under construction.

Moscow is now the European city with the most skyscrapers: 87 buildings are at least 100m high or have more than 40 storeys. Two-thirds of these buildings are less than a decade old, according to a survey from architecture database Emporis.

Matthew Keutenius, data analyst at Emporis, said: ‘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.’

Renzo Piano’s Shard, inaugurated in July, has already been overshadowed by Mercury City, designed by the late Frank Williams, which topped out 29m taller. Frankfurt’s tallest skyscrapers have fallen to positions seven (Commerzbank Tower by Foster + Partners) and nine (MesseTurm by Helmut Jahn) in the list. Sapphire Tower in Istanbul by Tabanlioglu Architects is at number six, behind the Russian skyscrapers at 261m.

Though Moscow is building ever-higher, Europe remains a relative backwater in skyscraper building. As revealed by the AJ and Emporis in July, the world’s highest buildings are now being built in Asia. By 2016, only SOM’s Burj Khalifa, in Dubai, will remain in the world’s 10 tallest buildings - and 9 out of the top 10 structures will be in Asia. Burj Khalifa, at 828m, is more than twice the height of Moscow’s Mercury City.

Europe’s tallest skyscrapers

1. Mercury City, Moscow, 339m
2. The Shard, London, 310m
3. Capital City Moscow Tower, Moscow, 302m
4. Naberezhnaya Tower C, Moscow, 268m
5. Triumph-Palace, Moscow, 264m
6. Sapphire Tower, Istanbul, 261m
7. Commerzbank Tower, Frankfurt, 259m
8. Capital City St. Petersburg Tower, Moscow, 257m
9. MesseTurm, Frankfurt, 256m
10. Torre de Cristal, Madrid, 250m

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