Five out of the ten tallest skyscrapers in Europe are currently located in Moscow, including the tallest building in Europe, Mercury City. Moscow is also the European city with the most skyscrapers; altogether, Moscow counts 87 buildings, which are at least 100 meters high or have more than 40 floors, leading architecture experts from building database, Emporis to name Moscow the new European capital of skyscrapers.
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Even the London-based skyscraper The Shard, inaugurated in July and celebrated as Europe??s tallest building with a height of 310 meters, has been overshadowed by Mercury City. After its completion, Mercury City will be nearly 29 meters taller than its competitor in London.
Besides The Shard, only Sapphire Tower in Istanbul comes close to the Russian skyscrapers. The Tower, designed by Tabanlioglu Architects, is 261 meters tall and thus only three meters shorter than Triumph-Palace in Moscow. This building, designed by TROMOS in the Russian ?gingerbread style??, occupies the fifth place.
Compared to international high-rise architecture, the European skyscrapers are still rather small. Despite the three tallest European buildings all hitting the 300 meters mark, the Burj Khalifa – the world??s tallest skyscraper with a height of 828 meters – is two-and-a-half times taller than Mercury City will be after completion. The Torre de Cristal, which holds the tenth place, only reaches one third of Burj Khalifa??s height.