Foster’s seeing Red

Is that inappropriate? Regardless, Foster continues to be the go-to-guy for iconic skyscrapers – sorry Calatrava, we’re stilling waiting for yours. This new 600 meter tall Moscow structure, the Russian Tower, will stand 50% taller than the Empire State Building and give Moscow its own Gherkin. (again, vaguely inappropriate?)

Foster describes the Russian Tower, in almost Koolhaasian terms, as a “vertical city.” and much like, oh lets say, this building, it will house an incredibly diverse program; parking and retail space on nine underground levels, a public ice rink on the first floor under a spacious, pyramidal atrium, a hotel with serviced apartments above, 24 floors of office, high-end apartments on the top levels and a public observation deck at the very top. (I suppose its inevitable that “Vertical cities” become the new standard in tower development, although i’m starting to miss the days where a building is designed for a singular purpose.) Foster also stresses the building’s sustainable aspects – natrual ventilation, rainwater collection, etc. etc. – and inherent resistance of the tri-pod like structure to a “sept. 11-style attack.”

One Reply to “Foster’s seeing Red”

  1. it looks like the fin of marky mark’s space shuttle that crashed in the desert in tim burton’s planet of the apes…
    I’m working on a competition now. Feels like being back in school again. good times hombra.
    Hope you’re falling in love in san-fran. peace peanuthead.

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