Did you know that in 1994 it was planned to start construction of the tallest skyscraper in the world in Moscow. Famous British architect Norman Foster was invited to design this grandiose structure. According to one of the options he proposed, the height of the tower was supposed to be 1000 m. For comparison, the tallest skyscraper in the world - Burj Khalifa in Dubai, built in 2010 - has a height of 828 meters.
But the then Mayor of Moscow Yuri Luzhkov did not like the idea of a kilometer tower, and the height of the building had to be reduced to 612 meters in height and limited to 118 floors. Even in such a truncated form, the project was 71 meters higher than the Ostankino TV tower and at that time was becoming the second highest in the world and the first in Europe.
It was supposed to place 101 elevators in the tower and an underground parking for 3, 680 cars. After many years of red tape and multiple approvals, in 2006 in Moscow, the Pushkin Museum hosted an exhibition of architectural models of the tower "Russia" by Norman Foster. And in 2007, on the site of 17-18 plots in the Moscow City business center, the construction of this grandiose structure finally began.
However, the matter did not go well from the very beginning, a year later the previous investor was excluded, and the construction of the facility was suspended. Only a part of the building wall in the ground was made from the works.
Due to the economic crisis and the real impossibility of financing the project, at a closed meeting, the Moscow mayor proposed to reduce the height of the tower from the previously planned 612 to 200 meters, and in 2009 the Moscow authorities refused to build the Russia tower. It was planned to build a parking lot at this place.
After that, both investors and projects of structures on this site were changed several times ... according to the latest data, it was planned to build a complex of two high-rise 66-storey buildings on this site: the Office Tower and the Tower of Apartments, united by a 6-storey stylobate. The maximum elevation of both towers does not exceed 287 m.