Moscow authorities have approved construction of a new high-rise building, which will be the highest skyscraper in the city, CNN reports on Wednesday.
For a 404-meter high building, the name has not been chosen yet. The high-rise, which is scheduled for commissioning in 2024, will be part of a business complex known as Moscow City.
“We are at the end of the design stage, which should be finished by November 2018. Construction should begin in 2019,” project architect Sergey Skuratov told CNN in an interview.
The new skyscraper will higher than the current tallest building in Moscow a 373-meter Federation Tower located in the same district.
The lower 12-storey part of the planned building will occupy entirely its narrow base, the width of which amounts just to 32 meters. This section is planned to house a shopping center, office premises, and other commercial real estate items.
The upper part, which extends to the 104th floor, is designed mainly for residential spaces. The project also provides for an observation deck at an altitude of 399 meters and a helipad at the very top of the skyscraper.
The facade has a peculiar design, with white glasses installed in horizontal spaces between the windows. As Skuratov explained, this white space “shrinks on the way up, and disappears by the 80th floor, which gives an effect of vanishing white color.” Thus, at the bottom, the skyscraper will be light, while its upper part will be dark.
There is a number of skyscrapers in the Russian capital city, CNN notes. To date, the Moscow City business complex has five of the ten tallest buildings in Europe, and they can all be classified as “supertall” buildings since their height exceeds 300 meters.