Evolution Tower[/B], former City Palace (Wedding Palace) is being built in Moscow City.
2007 - 2012
A group of Edinburgh architects announced that the mayor of Moscow, Yuri Luzhkov, had approved their design, right, for the City Palace, a 47-storey tower shaped like a drill bit or, as thtioe designer more flatteringly has it, "two ribbons wrapping around each other". Based in the capital's new financial district, it will stand metres away from another British-designed skyscraper, the Russia Tower, created by Lord Norman Foster and intended to be the tallest building in Europe.
Mr Luzhkov is encouraging extensive reconstruction across Moscow. Advocates say he is creating the richest looking city in Europe, while critics dismiss his projects as vulgar and ostentatious.
The architects, RMJM, have described the tower as "sexy" and "sensual". The firm's director and concept designer for the tower, Tony Kettle, said a register office in the base of the tower was inspiration for its design. "We wanted it to look like the marriage of two halves, with a feeling of celebration," he said. "It is a very rich and expressive building." A ballroom will rest on top of the £120m spiral, providing views of Moscow.
City Palace will be partly financed by Alexander Chigirinsky, a property tycoon, whose brother Shalva is backing the Russia Tower, a 118-storey building expected to cost £830m. "Ours is not going to be the tallest, but the most beautiful," Mr Kettle said.