Top 10 tallest commercial buildings in Europe

Shaun Bowie
- Top 10 - May 11, 2018

Business Chief takes a look at the tallest commercial buildings Europe has to offer...

10. Naberezhnaya Tower C – 881 ft
Located in Moscow, Naberezhnaya Tower C is part of a larger complex with consists of three individual office buildings linked together by a shared basement, which has over 2.7mn sq ft of lettable office and retail space.

Tower C is the tallest of the three at 881 ft and also the newest with construction finishing in 2007, at which point it was the tallest building in Europe until 2009. It has 61 levels above the ground and five below linking it to the larger complex, as well as 28 separate elevators.

9. Metropol Istanbul – 920 ft
Metropol Istanbul is the largest private sector project in the city’s international finance centre, located in the district of Ataşehir on the Anatolian side of Istanbul.

It boasts a 920 ft tall tower with a 400m catwalk, luxury shopping facilities, a 16-room theatre, educational institutions and a recreational area. The building was designed by British architecture firm RMJM and is part of a larger development comprising of two additional towers: an office block and a residential development.

8. Skyland Istanbul 1 & Skyland Istanbul 2 – 932 ft
Skyland Istanbul 1 and Skyland Istanbul 2 are the joint tallest building in Istanbul and 932 ft. The project had a budget of $700mn and was designed by Peter Vaughan of the architecture firm Broadway Malyan with construction beginning in 2012. The 65-storey mixed-use towers contain 830 flats, over 500 office spaces, and a five-star hotel with a 550-seat conference hall and 300 rooms.

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7. CoC: Moscow Tower – 990 ft
Moscow Tower is part of the City of Capitals (CoC) development which consists of this “supertall skyscraper” as well as the smaller 65-storey St. Petersburg Tower.

When it was first constructed it spent two years as the tallest building in Europe before being overtaken by The Shard in 2012. The two towers symbolise St Petersburg and Moscow, two of the most important cities throughout the country’s history. The Moscow Tower contains shops, a fitness centre and conference halls as well as numerous restaurants.

6. Eurasia – 1,014 ft
The only steel tower in Moscow, the Eurasia tower is 1,014 ft tall and boasts a garage with 1,000 car parking spaces.

Designed by the New York based architecture firm Swanke Hayden Connel (which also designed Trump Tower, NY) the complex is owned by Russia’s VTB Bank. Spread over the 67 storeys are office spaces, apartments, restaurants and entertainment facilities. The building also includes a scenic elevator on the outside of the building, allowing visitors to enjoy panoramic views of the entire city.

5. The Shard – 1,017 ft
Situated above London Bridge station in central London, The Shard was completed in 2012.

At the time it was the tallest building in Europe, overtaking the CoC: Moscow. The tower is 95% owned by the sovereign state of Qatar and was designed by Italian architect Renzo Piano. The Shard boasts a 26-floor office complex which is occupied by 32 different companies across 10 business sectors. It also has three restaurants, a five-star hotel, 10 residential apartments and the highest viewing gallery in the UK with views over the entire city of London.

4. Mercury City Tower – 1,112 ft
Construction started on the Mercury City Tower in 2009 in the Moscow International Business Centre.

Renowned for its golden glass facade construction on the tower began in 2009 and finished in 2013, costing $1bn. Mercury City Tower is a multi-purpose skyscraper with a mix of accommodation, shops and office space and has five underground levels. When construction finished it overtook The Shard to become the tallest building in Europe.

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3. OKO South Tower – 1,162 ft
Designed by US-based architect firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, the complex that contains OKO South Tower consists of a seven-storey transparent base structure from which rise an 85-storey skyscraper and a 49-storey office block.

The development contains luxury apartments, large office spaces, a four-star hotel, extensive parking and urban green space. The largest conference hall in Moscow is also found here and hosts fashion shows, car presentations and large business meetings.

2. Federation Tower: East Tower – 1,227 ft
Construction began in Moscow on the Federation Tower complex in 2005 but the Great Recession in 2008 caused all building work to halt until August 2011.

The complex itself was complete in August 2011 with the East Tower, or Vostok to many Russians, being finally finished in December 2017 with a height of 1,227 ft and 97 storeys. Vostok boasts a number of large premium office spaces, a five-star hotel, restaurants, retails shops, a hotel ballroom, a conference and events centre and a public viewing platform. The East Tower also has the highest digital clock in the world.

1. Lakhta Tower – 1,516 ft
The Lakhta Tower in St Petersburg is the tallest building in Europe at 1,516 ft and serves as an educational and scientific complex as well sports and recreation facilities and an outdoor amphitheatre.

The project was put on hold in 2010 due to the historical significance of the construction site and objections from UNESCO, and at the start of 2011 it was relocated to the Lakhta area 9.9km away. The box-shaped foundation of the tower also gained a Guinness World Record for the largest continuous concrete pour of concrete at 19,624 cubic meters over 49 hours.

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