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Kal Vaughan
Kal Vaughan
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  • 07th November 2012

Shard eclipsed as Europe’s tallest building

THE SHARD has relinquished its title of Europe’s tallest building in a brief period of skyline dominance lasting the summer of 2012.

It’s successor, Mercury City, is a new office and residential tower in Moscow which stands 92ft taller than the Shard; the equivalent of two double decker buses standing nose to nose.

The building reaches an impressive 338 metres (1,109ft) into the Russian skyline and is sheathed in copper-colored glass to produce a reflective, bronze effect. It claimed the title while still in its construction phase in September 2012.

Its reign will not last for long, however, as its neighbouring building, Federation Tower will claim the title of Europe’s tallest tower when it is completed next year.

Both buildings are part of a sprawling development phase happening in the capital, which is transforming dreary dilapidated areas into Grade A executive office space, funded largely by Russia’s oil and gas revenues.

Igor Kesayev, director of the Mercury company told the news agency Interfax: “Mercury City 'distinctly shows the activity of Russian business.

“'It demonstrates that all of Russia is on a level with countries of the Eurozone, continuing its planned development and moving forward."

On a global scale, Europe’s tallest building stands small against its North American, Asian and Middle East counterparts with at least 60 buildings claiming skyline dominance over buildings in Europe.