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1 Oct, 2007 04:05

Rotating skyscraper to transform Moscow skyline

Russia's capital is set to follow the example of Dubai, and get its own spinning building. The design is the latest in a series of bold architectural adventures that are changing Moscow's skyline.

As more and more businesses flock to Russia's booming capital, demand for office space continues to grow.  And a stunning building is the ultimate sign of a company's prestige. 

The $US 400 MLN project will have 60 floors that revolve around a central core, but even at top speed one full rotation will take an hour.

The project was designed by Italian architect David Fisher, who says special building techniques will cut down construction time by almost 30%.

“In less than two years we will be able to finish this tower in Moscow,” he noted.

Moscow’s skyline is changing rapidly, and there's no end in sight to the city's appetite for tall glass towers and vast business blocks.

But the giant apartment blocks and office buildings will soon be joined by a new type of skyscraper.  It rotating building verges on the fantastic.  Built around a central core, each floor will be capable of moving indendently at its own speed.

Those with enough money to buy apartments and offices in the building will enjoy an ever changing panorama of Europe’s largest city.

Analysts say the market for real estate in Russia’s biggest cities – St. Petersburg and Moscow – remains an attractive option for investors.  They say there's little likelihood that any of these offices will stay vacant for long.

However, there are fears the building boom will ruin Moscow's unique landscape.

“All the new buildings are constructed following the approved plan. And I think all these skyscrapers will make Moscow look more beautiful, basically it will unite the image of old Moscow with the new one,” said Vladimir Resin, First Deputy Mayor of Moscow.

Concerns were voiced a few years ago that Moscow was running out of available building plots.  With developers becoming more inventive in their projects, that worry is beginning to ring hollow. 

Indeed, the volume of commercial real estate space in Moscow is expected to double in the near future.