Top 10 tallest buildings in Europe

- Top 10 - Jun 23, 2017

Moscow dominates Europe’s skyline when it comes to tall structures. Although not up there with the likes of the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, the Russian city is home to some enormous buildings all the same.

Seven of the top 10 tallest buildings in Europe are in Moscow, with another two in Istanbul. London is the only representative from the western half of the continent.

#10 Triumph Palace – Moscow, Russia (867 feet)

The tallest purpose apartment building in Europe, with 1,000 luxury residences. It is sometimes referred to as the Eighth Sister as its design is similar to the Seven Sisters skyscraper built in Moscow by Joseph Stalin in the 1950s. The 57-storey building was opened in 2006.  

#9 Naberezhnaya Tower – Moscow, Russia (881 feet)

Translated as the ‘tower on the embankment’, this office complex is made up of three separate buildings connected by a basement. Block C is what gets this into the Top 10, with the site located in the International Business Centre in Moscow, in plot 10, and has office and retail space to let.

#8 Metropol Istanbul – Istanbul, Turkey (919 feet)  

Designed by architect firm RMJM, the Metropol Istanbul development comprises three separate buildings – one residential, one office and one mixed use tower. RMJM won the contract in 2010, with construction commencing in the following year. 

#7 Skyland Istanbul 1 – Istanbul, Turkey (962 feet)

Skyland Istanbul consists of three towers that were designed by Peter Vaughan of Broadway Malyan. The developers boast the provision of luxury, smart technologies and comfort in all details with social amenities such as fitness, spa and wellness centres also a feature.

#6 City of Capitals – Moscow, Russia (990 feet)

The City of Capitals opened in 2009 and houses twin skyscrapers, the tallest of which is the Moscow Tower which sits next to the slightly shorter St Petersburg Tower. The top floors are mostly occupied by an entertainment complex and office suites and luxury apartments. The base floors comprise a fitness centre, shops, restaurants and conference facilities.

#5 Eurasia Tower – Moscow, Russia (1,013 feet)

One of the highlights to this recently-completed structure is the elevator to be found on the outside, offering visitors stunning views of the entire city. A combination of classical and modern designs, the Eurasia Tower will comprise of offices, apartments, a hotel and other entertainment facilities. More than 1,000 cars will be able to park on the bottom.

#4 The Shard – London, UK (1,016 feet)

Sat above London Bridge train station, The Shard was opened to the public in 2013 and has 72 habitable floors. The building has 44 elevators and was designed by Italian Renzo Piano, replacing the Southwark Towers office block from 1975. The Shangri-La Hotel takes up floors 34-52, while Al Jazeera occupies offices on floor 16. The contract cost of the project came in at £435 million.

#3 Mercury City Tower – Moscow, Russia (1,112 feet)

In November 2012 the Mercury City Tower surpassed the height of The Shard and has 75 floors with a further five below ground. It is a mixture of residential and commercial space. A remarkable feature of this building is its covering in copper-coloured cladding – a design feature which covers more than half of the structure.

Rasen Construction finished the building last year, which is located in the Moscow International Business Centre alongside the Naberezhnaya Tower. It will shortly be surpassed by two other towers in the city, which are set for completion and opening imminently. 

#2 OKO: South Tower – Moscow, Russia (1,162 feet)

Owned by Capital Group, the OKO is located in the Moscow International Business Centre having been designed by USA architect company Skidmore, Owings and Merrill. The building took around four years to build, costing $1.2 billion and opening in 2015, offering apartments, offices and parking spaces.

#1 Federation Tower: East Tower – Moscow, Russia (1,226 feet)

The tallest building in Europe has finally been finished, having originally started construction way back in 2003. Following a prolonged period of downing tools, the project took off again in 2011 and finally finished last year. AEON Corporation built and owns the building, which was designed by Sergei Tchoban and Peter Schweger. The two towers are 97 and 65 storeys high and will house hotels, apartments and offices – sky bridges will join the two components together.

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