Russian Tower

Moscow, Russia


Client: RCS Consulting

Owner: Moscow Development Company (STT Group)

Design Team: Foster + Partners / SOM

Project Value: Confidential

Contract Duration: 2008

Service Provided: Cost Management: Cost Estimating


Located 5.5km from Red Square, Russia Tower will be a mixed-use, super-dense vertical city for 25,000 people, with offices, a hotel, shopping and apartments with private gardens. At 600 metres high, with 118 occupied floors, it will be the tallest naturally ventilated tower in the world. Based on a highly efficient geometry derived from a triangular plan with an open ‘green’ spine, the building’s primary structure comprises three ‘arms’ that taper as they rise. They create a slender pyramidal form that achieves the maximum stability with the minimum structure and allows the most effective distribution of space. Structurally, the tower’s slender profile creates shallow floorplates that maximise daylight penetration and increase the potential for natural ventilation. The triple-glazed, high-performance facade reduces heat loss; photovoltaics supply the building’s energy needs and feed electricity back into the city grid; energy recycling reduces heating demand by 20%; and snow and rain water harvesting is expected to cut fresh water consumption for toilets by a third.