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V4D3R
12-29-2007, 08:58 AM
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December 26, 2007 World’s Biggest Building Coming to Moscow: Crystal Island (http://www.inhabitat.com/2007/12/26/tallest-skyscraper-in-the-world-coming-to-moscow/)

by Karim (http:///) http://www.inhabitat.com/wp-content/uploads/fostergianttower.jpg
Moscow’s rapidly growing skyline will soon feature an eye-popping new addition: Crystal Island (http://www.fosterandpartners.com/News/324/Default.aspx), which will be the world’s biggest building when completed. Sir Norman Foster’s mountainous 27 million square feet spiraling “city within a building” will cost $4 billion and it is scheduled to be built within next 5 years.
The Crystal Island will be Lord Foster’s second large scale project in the Russian capital, and his third new building design that resembles a volcano (we’re talking about his two mountainous buildings in Astana, Kazakstan) (http://www.inhabitat.com/2007/03/26/norman-fosters-entertainment-center-in-kazakhstan/). Although many people are calling this design the ‘Christmas Tree’ of Moscow - we can’t help but be reminded of the utopian and also rather volcanic X-Seed 4000 design for Tokyo (http://www.inhabitat.com/2007/08/20/self-contained-tokyo-highrise-eco-city-x-seed-4000/). Unlike that pipe-dream project, however, Foster has a track record of getting buildings built (http://www.fosterandpartners.com/Projects/1322/Default.aspx), so the likelihood is high that we will see this striking structure towering over the Kremlin within 5 years time.
http://www.inhabitat.com/wp-content/uploads/crystalislanddiagram.jpg
The statistics for the project are absolutely staggering; floor area alone will be four times the size of Pentagon in Washington DC. The incredible 1500 ft. tall multi use structure will feature 900 apartments, 3000 hotel rooms, an international school for 500 students, cinemas, a theater, sports complex and much more. There will also be a 16,500 space underground parking lot for all the visitors. The Crystal Island visitors will be able to enjoy panoramic views of Moscow on the viewing platforms located 980 ft. above ground.
And as we’d expect from Foster + Partners, this soon-to-be world’s biggest building will also incorporate a number of sustainable design features into the overall scheme. The exterior facade will be solar responsive and will include solar panels (http://skyscrapernews.com/news.php?ref=1271) which, along with wind turbines, will generate electricity for the huge tower. Natural ventilation will be provided thanks to numerous strategically placed large atriums. The internal environment will also have dynamic enclosure panels slotted into the structural framing that will allow daylight to penetrate deep into the heart of the structure; the panels will also be controlled to modify temperature inside the building – closed in winter for extra warmth and opened in summer to allow natural ventilation. Energy management is at the heart of this structure, several on-site renewable and low-carbon energy generation projects are planned.
+ Crystal Island - by Norman Foster (http://www.fosterandpartners.com/News/324/Default.aspx)
+ X-Seed 400 — City Within a Building Proposal For Tokyo (http://www.inhabitat.com/2007/08/20/self-contained-tokyo-highrise-eco-city-x-seed-4000/)

+ Foster Green Tower in Siberia (http://www.inhabitat.com/2007/07/18/norman-fosters-green-tower-in-siberia/)
Via Skyscrapernews.com (http://skyscrapernews.com/news.php?ref=1271) via Times Online: Foster plans world’s biggest building (http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/science/article3087365.ece)
http://www.inhabitat.com/wp-content/uploads/crystalislandrendering.jpg
http://www.inhabitat.com/wp-content/uploads/crystalpalacearchitecturech.jpg
Images via SkycraperCity. (http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpost.php?p=17143128&postcount=47)

maestro wooz
12-29-2007, 01:44 PM
thats tight as shit, too bad its in russia and not in a normal country

12weLvE
12-29-2007, 02:40 PM
Taht looks out of control... It will prob be all over the news when its done.

TSA
12-29-2007, 06:05 PM
thats tight as shit, too bad its in russia and not in a normal country
AHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAH!


i like shit like this.

i'd visit it.

HANZO
12-29-2007, 06:27 PM
thats impressive, you kno a country means business when they go ahead and build the tallest building in the world. its actually a good idea, sort of a small town inside a building.

this is probably how the other capital cities in the world will be. your new neighbourhood will be a gigantic building.

SL33
12-29-2007, 06:28 PM
what the fuck you know about Russia??? don't disrespect if you don't have any info about it except things that George W. Bush told you.

TSA
12-29-2007, 06:35 PM
the fact that it's a small town in a building is kinda dumb

it it would have been forced on one curtain thing, specialized, like an investment center, a collection of officies, a university, or a hospitial


you'll see whatever sector it's dedicated to skyrocket phenominally, but a small town in a tower will effect all sectors marginally...except tourism..


but im not saying it's a bad idea, it's fuckin brilliant.

HANZO
12-29-2007, 06:44 PM
the fact that it's a small town in a building is kinda dumb

it it would have been forced on one curtain thing, specialized, like an investment center, a collection of officies, a university, or a hospitial


you'll see whatever sector it's dedicated to skyrocket phenominally, but a small town in a tower will effect all sectors marginally...except tourism..


but im not saying it's a bad idea, it's fuckin brilliant.

it being a small town is good for over-populated cities. instead of increases the size of the city you can jus build a couple of these and problem solved.

i think they thought of this originally for hong kong. i remember reading something about a city in a tower in hong kong.

TSA
12-29-2007, 07:02 PM
^ i see, but if it would have been a business center 100%, then their repetuoire would be USSR

maestro wooz
12-30-2007, 03:29 AM
what the fuck you know about Russia??? don't disrespect if you don't have any info about it except things that George W. Bush told you.

i know enough to stand by my statement


What do you know about america besides what lenin, stalin, and putin told you?

11th Chamber
12-30-2007, 03:47 AM
Japan will build a building even taller in 15 years

SL33
12-30-2007, 06:12 AM
i know enough to stand by my statement


What do you know about america besides what lenin, stalin, and putin told you?


I've never been in Russia before, but I lived in NY for a while...so....no disrespect...........

Visionz
12-30-2007, 10:29 PM
thats impressive, you kno a country means business when they go ahead and build the tallest building in the world. its actually a good idea, sort of a small town inside a building.

this is probably how the other capital cities in the world will be. your new neighbourhood will be a gigantic building.I don't think they're goin for the tallest but the largest. I think that's currently the pentagon and with this being 5 times that..........its a great idea, defintely could be a blueprint & solution for future growth problems humans are going to be sure to face

TSA
12-31-2007, 12:47 AM
Japan will build a building even taller in 15 years

i heard dubai is working on what supposed to be the worlds tallest

they put it up to a bunch of existing shit and it made the statue of liberty look like a tourist toy

2L8Lit da croatianMC
12-31-2007, 01:07 PM
thats tight as shit, too bad its in russia and not in a normal country


wtf wit dat h8?