The Mercury City Tower is an imposing and distinctive skyscraper that graces the Moscow skyline in Russia. Standing 338.8 meters or 1,112 feet, it was, for a while, considered as Moscow’s as well as Europe’s tallest building, overtaking The Shard in London when it was topped off on November 2012. The Mercury City Tower as been overtaken by another Moscow skyscraper, the Federation Tower, which is now considered as Moscow’s and Europe’s tallest skyscraper. The Mercury City Tower is also considered as Russia’s first truly environmentally-friendly skyscraper.
Mercury City Tower History
Located around two and a half miles from the famous Red Square, the Mercury City Tower stands on a 150-acre site that used to be an old stone quarry are that housed a number of derelict factories and aging industrial complexes. With the area planned to be developed as a new business district to boost business activity in the area as well as attract people as an entertainment hub and residential space, many developers planned new skyscrapers to be erected and constructed. One of them turned out to be the Mercury City Tower.
Construction of the tower started in 2009. The building was designed by architects M.M. Posokhin, Frank Williams, and G.L. Sirota. It was topped off and overtook The Shard as Europe’s tallest building on November 2012. The building was then opened to the public by 2013.
Mercury City Tower Features
The Mercury City Tower features a distinct layered stages topped by inclined surfaces. But the main feature of the tower that makes it stand out among the busy Moscow skyline is its blazing copper-colored cladding, making it appear that it is constantly being immersed in the light from the sun in the horizon.
The Mercury City Tower has a total of 75 floors above ground with an additional 5 floors underground. It has a total of 29 elevators that service the different floors, 20 of which are passenger elevators while 9 are used as service elevators. Ten of the passenger elevators use the TWIN system, with two elevator cabs operating on the same shaft independent if each other.
The Mercury City Tower is considered to be the first truly environmentally-friendly building in Russia. Its design allows 75 percent of the workspace to be lighted by daylight, thereby using less electricity. It is also designed to collect melting water, which enables the tower to use less water in the process. The Mercury City Tower houses offices, luxury residential apartments as well as retail spaces at the ground level.