February 22, 2005
The high-profile public ceremony in Moscow
on February 9 officially set off construction on the Federation
towers in the citys future financial district. The Federation
will be the kernel of the planned Moscow-City, an area four
kilometers northwest of the Kremlin where most government
and business activity will be relocated by 2010.
Billed as Europes tallest skyscraper and the keystone
in Moscows ambitious urban redevelopment, the Federation
was designed by German architects Peter Schweger of ASP Schweger
Assoziirte Gesamtplanung GmbH (Hamburg) and Sergei Tchoban
of nps tchoban voss (Berlin).
Preparatory works have been underway since April of last
year, including a geological survey of the site. Two asymmetrical
glass towers will stand on a stylobate which also supports
a centrally positioned spire perforated by elevator shafts.
The antenna atop the spire rises to the height of 1,425 feet.
The towers will contain 84 and 57 floors each and feature
multi-functional space that includes offices, apartments,
and a five-star hotel. The unifying ground platform will house
stores, restaurants, and banks.
At the base of the spire is a 65-foot high aquarium wrapped
around a panoramic elevator a concept derived from
Tchobans earlier design for Dom Aquarèe in Berlin.
Construction is expected to be complete by 2007 at an estimated
cost of $500 million.