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The 10 Tallest Buildings Under Construction in Europe

A study conducted by Emporis, the international provider of building data, has revealed that Moscow is set to retain its title as the skyscraper capital of Europe. Already home to 4 of Europe's top 5 - including the Mercury City Tower, Europe's current tallest at 338m - Moscow is also home to 6 of the 10 tallest European Buildings under construction. Three of these buildings will also surpass the height of the Mercury City Tower.

However, despite having the greatest concentration of supertall buildings, Moscow is set to lose its crown for the tallest building in Europe to St Petersburg, with the 463m Lakhta Center due for completion in 2018. Also making the top 10 list with 3 buildings being constructed over 250m is Istanbul. You can see the full top 10 list after the break.

Skyland Towers, Istanbul. Image © Eroglu ST Towers, Moscow. Image © SPEECH architectural office Eurasia Tower, Moscow. Image © Swanke Hayden Connell Metropol Tower, Istanbul. Image © Metropol Istanbul

MVRDV Wins Competition to Convert Russian Steel Factory Into Mixed-Use Neighborhood

© MVRDV
© MVRDV

Chief Architect of Moscow Sergei Kuznetsov yesterday announced MVRDV as the winners in the competition for the refurbishment of the Serp & Molot (Hammer & Sickle) factory in Eastern Moscow. The design by MVRDV is respectful of the history of the 19th-century steel factory, reinterpreting the existing fabric of the site into 1.8 million square meters of mixed-use space, including housing, offices, retail, schools and a local hospital.

Read on after the break for more project description

4th Moscow Biennale Architecture

This year ARCH MOSCOW is held within the 4th Moscow Biennale Architecture. The Biennale fully reflects the latest architectural trends and promotes technical innovations, stylistic researches and experimentation in the field of design ideas. The best examples of domestic and foreign architectural achievements are displayed and the principles of development of the quality architectural environment are professionally discussed. Traditionally, ARCH MOSCOW is the best platform for establishing business contacts in the field of architecture, development and construction.

Garage CCC Education Center / FORM Bureau

© Asya Baranova
© Asya Baranova
  • Architects: FORM Bureau
  • Location: Moscow, Russia, 119049
  • Architects In Charge: Olga Treiwas, Vera Odyn, Daria Sheina
  • Area: 1215.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Asya Baranova

© Asya Baranova © Asya Baranova © Asya Baranova © Asya Baranova

Strelka Unsettled: A New Future for Moscow’s Most Neglected Architecture?

The Strelka Institute, Moscow’s most innovative school for architecture and urbanism, "might be soon forced to leave its current venue in the heart of the Russian capital" due to proposed redevelopment of the area. Faced by the threat of this possibility, the school formed a competition in order to collect ideas for the relocation. The winning proposal, developed by Squadra Komanda, proposes a "visionary program of development for the disputed and immense architectural legacy from the late-Soviet period."

Late Soviet architecture constitutes "almost two third of all buildings in Moscow." As it represents "an unpleasant reminder of the recent past," many Russians dislike this kind of building. As a result, the Strelka Unsettled, with the possibility for collaboration with the outdated cultural institutions hosted inside the building of the All Russian State Library for Foreign Literature (built in 1966), seeks to offer new scenarios for this "neglected kind of architecture."

Three Teams Shortlisted to Masterplan New Finance Center in Moscow

Three teams have been chosen to advance in the third and final round of a competition to masterplan the new International Financial Center (IFC) in "New Moscow." Once complete, the 460 hectare mixed-use development will add offices, housing and hotels, as well as commercial and social infrastructure to the area of Rublyovo-Arkhangelskoye. The finalists are...

Nagatino 2.0 Coworking Center / Ruslan Aydarov Architecture Studio

  • Architects: Ruslan Aydarov Architecture Studio
  • Location: Varshavskoye Shosse, 28А, Moscow, Russia, 117186
  • Design Team: Ruslan Aydarov, Anna Timofeeva, Irina Sigova
  • Area: 748.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Ruslan Aydarov Architecture Studio

Courtesy of Ruslan Aydarov Architecture Studio Courtesy of Ruslan Aydarov Architecture Studio Courtesy of Ruslan Aydarov Architecture Studio Courtesy of Ruslan Aydarov Architecture Studio

Gary Tatintsian Gallery / SPEECH Architectural Office

  • Architects: SPEECH Architectural Office
  • Location: Moscow, Russia
  • Architect In Charge: Sergei Tchoban, Andrey Perlich
  • Design Team: M.Grishanov, A.Kozyreva, M.Rasskazova, A.Sokolnikova
  • Area: 1172.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Courtesy of SPEECH Architectural Office

Courtesy of SPEECH Architectural Office Courtesy of SPEECH Architectural Office Courtesy of SPEECH Architectural Office Courtesy of SPEECH Architectural Office

Melnikov House Listed As Cultural Heritage Site

UPDATE: The ArchCouncil of Moscow reports that the Melnikov House has been listed as a cultural heritage site of federal value, an important step in its conservation. The following article first appeared on ArchDaily on April 23rd, 2013. 

Peter Eisenman, Steven Holl, and Rem Koolhaas are among the many architects who have signed a letter pleading for the preservation of one of Konstantin Melnikov’s greatest works, the Melnikov House. As we reported in December of 2012, the Melnikov’s house 83-year old foundations have weakened considerably since the onset of neighboring construction. Unfortunately, the situation has only worsened “significantly” over the last few months. 

Read more about the state of the Melnikov House, and what architects are doing to try and prevent its deterioration, after the break...

Architects Rally to Save Moscow's Historic Shukhov Tower

Tadao Ando, Elizabeth Diller, Rem Koolhaas and Thom Mayne are among the many signing a petition to urge Russian president Vladimir V. Putin to reconsider the fate of the neglected Shabolovka Radio Tower (Shukhov Tower), “a structure of dazzling brilliance and great historical importance,” as Norman Foster once described. Designed by Vladimir Shukhov and completed in 1922, the 160-meter hyperboloid structure is a 20th-century engineering feat that has served as a landmark of modernist architecture. 

Apartment Renovation in Moscow / Vladimir Malashonok

  • Architects: Vladimir Malashonok
  • Location: Moscow, Russia
  • Area: 115.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Vladimir Malashonok

Courtesy of Vladimir Malashonok Courtesy of Vladimir Malashonok Courtesy of Vladimir Malashonok Courtesy of Vladimir Malashonok

Three Finalists Announced for Moscow's Ukraina Hotel Entryway Competition

The Ukraina Hotel, with the support of the non-state educational institution Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design, have announced the finalists for the Ukraina Hotel Entryway competition. Designs from ABD Architects (Russia) in cooperation with Werner Sobek Moskwa (Russia), TPO Lesosplav (Russia) in cooperation with Malishev Wilson Engineers (UK), and Studio 44 (Russia) have been chosen from a total of ten competing proposals, one of which will now be implemented by the client. Offering the chance to design a new entrance to one of Moscow's foremost landmarks, the winning scheme will provide a rare opportunity to work with an unique example of Stalinist architectural heritage.

Competition Entry: Moscow’s National Centre for Contemporary Arts / WAI Think Tank

Reaching the second stage of the international competition to design Russia’s National Centre for Contemporary Arts (NCCA)which was won by Heneghan Peng Architects, WAI Think Tank put forth a proposal that projects the NCCA as not just a center "for the creation, study, and support of contemporary art in Russia" but also "a building as manifesto." WAI Think Tank focused on giving a flexible autonomy to the enclosed and external spaces, designing the galleries as extensions of the city, in an attempt to design "the first archetype of Museum as City." 

Exhibition Hall: Kapoor. Image Courtesy of WAI Think Tank Children's Educational Centre. Image Courtesy of WAI Think Tank Creative Residence. Image Courtesy of WAI Think Tank Exhibition Gallery: Paintings. Image Courtesy of WAI Think Tank

Yandex Stroganov / Za Bor Architects

© Maria Turynkina
© Maria Turynkina
  • Architects: Za Bor Architects
  • Location: Moscow, Russia
  • Architect In Charge: Arseniy Borisenko, Peter Zaytsev
  • Project Coordinator: Nadezhda Rozhanskaya
  • Project Management : Yandex
  • Area: 5800.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Maria Turynkina, Dmitry Kulinevich

© Maria Turynkina © Dmitry Kulinevich © Maria Turynkina © Maria Turynkina

Travelers Tale / Goodnova-Godiniaux

  • Architects: Goodnova-Godiniaux
  • Location: Moscow, Russia
  • Architect In Charge: Sacha Goutnova, Benjamin Godiniaux, Juila Orlova
  • Area: 150.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Karo Avan Dadaev

© Karo Avan Dadaev © Karo Avan Dadaev © Karo Avan Dadaev © Karo Avan Dadaev

Low Budget House / Le Atelier

  • Architects: Le Atelier
  • Location: Moscow, Russia
  • Architect In Charge: Sergey Kolchin, Anastasia Kolchina, Alexander Kryloff
  • Design Team: Sergey Kolchin, Anastasia Kolchina, Andrey Adamovich
  • Area: 99.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Lucia Tolstova

© Lucia Tolstova © Lucia Tolstova © Lucia Tolstova © Lucia Tolstova

Competition Entry: Moscow's National Centre for Contemporary Arts / UNK Project Architects

Courtesy of UNK Project Architects
Courtesy of UNK Project Architects

UNK Project Architects' entry for the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation's National Centre for Contemporary Arts (NCCA) competition centres around the interplay between art and architecture: "It’s what touches our soul and motivates us to pursue radical new ideas." Reaching the second stage of the international competition, which has been won by Heneghan Peng Architects, UNK Project Architect's proposal offers an intriguing, "almost airtight" space veiled by a monolithic façade facing landscaped urban space in the centre of Russia's capital.

BBDO Moscow / Nefaresearch

  • Architects: Nefaresearch
  • Location: Moscow, Russia
  • Architect In Charge: Boris Voskoboynikov, Dmitry Ovcharov, Maria Akhremenkova
  • Creative / Design Group: Boris Voskoboynikov, Dmitry Ovcharov, Maria Akhremenkova (interior designer), Maxim Frolov (3D)
  • Project Group: Maria Nasonova, Olga Ivlieva
  • Area: 3400.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Nefaresearch

Courtesy of Nefaresearch Courtesy of Nefaresearch Courtesy of Nefaresearch Courtesy of Nefaresearch