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Foster’s tallest tower in Europe dream comes down to earth

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The site of Foster + Partners’ 612m-tall Russia Tower in Moscow – hailed as the highest naturally ventilated skyscraper in the world – is to be used instead as a car park

Doubts about the super-tall scheme, which would only have been dwarfed by the Burj Dubai, emerged last October after developer Russian Land admitted it was struggling to find the £1.2 billion to fund the mixed-use triangular tower.

An attempted bailout by oil company Sibir Energy in December failed due to ‘a conflict of interest clause’ caused by Russia Land’s chief Shalva Chigirinsky also holding a substantial number of shares in the energy giant.

Now, according to local reports, the Presnensky centre plot is to be converted into car parking spaces ending Foster’s dream of building a tower which would have boasted 101 lifts and 118 floors.   

The practice had previously denied that the 520,000 sq m development had been cancelled (in November) and refused to comment when contact by the AJ.

It is understood the scheme had actually broken ground back in September 2007 but was quickly behind schedule and in February this year the city’s mayor admitted the timescale had already slipped by at least four years


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