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MERCURY CITY TOWER is a 70-story, 1.7 million square-foot signature skyscraper for Mercury Development Company of Moscow which is currently under construction just down the Moskova River from the Kremlin and Red Square. Situated within in the new complex of offices, hotels, shopping and theaters is a complex called MOSCOW CITY. The total development of 43 million square feet, with a 12 billion dollar development cost. A new subway station recently opened in the cent of the complex.
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.
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