Moscow leads Europe’s skyscraper race

Five out of the ten tallest skyscrapers in Europe are currently located in Moscow, including the continent’s tallest building Mercury City, according to data from Emporis.

Altogether Moscow has 87 buildings which are at least 100m high or have more than 40 floors.

More than two thirds of the towers are no older than nine years, making Moscow the new European capital of skyscrapers.

London skyscraper The Shard, inaugurated in July and celebrated as Europe’s tallest building at 310m, has now been overtaken by Mercury City.

After its completion, the Russian cloud-piercer will be nearly 29m taller than its competitor in London.

Matthew Keutenius, data analyst at Emporis, commented: “Many Russian and foreign investors focus on prestigious building projects, such as are being built in the new urban district Moscow City, where Mercury City is located, too. Furthermore, there are less building regulations in Moscow than in other European metropolises.”

Besides The Shard, only Tabanlioglu’s Sapphire Tower in Istanbul comes close to the Russian skyscrapers at 261m tall. It is only three meters shorter than Triumph-Palace in Moscow, which occupies fifth place.

Even though the three tallest European buildings all hit the 300m mark, Dubai’s Burj Khalifa is two-and-a-half times taller than Mercury City will be after completion.

The Torre de Cristal, which holds the tenth place, only reaches one third of Burj Khalifa’s height.