Considered one of the most prosperous continents of the world, Europe has a lot to offer in terms of sights and marvels. From scintillating natural landscapes to flamboyant ancient architecture, it has them all. But what of its more recent architectural achievements? What of the sky-piercing towers that we see in movies? Well, guess what – Europe has some of those too just for you! You don’t have to visit New York or Los Angeles to witness cloud-piercers for appearances often deceive and surprises lie in unexpected corners. So, without any further delays, let us pick up those parachutes and hit the skies (triple wink)!
4. The Shard:
Known also as The Shard of Glass, London Bridge Tower, or Shard London Bridge, The Shard is an architectural Magnum Opus that should not be left out by anyone visiting the proud capital city of the United Kingdom. Possessing a massive total of 95 stories (of which 72 are habitable) and built between the years 2009 and 2012, it was designed by the master architect Renzo Piano. Reaching a maximum height of 309.7 metres and encompassing an overall floor space of 398,490 square metres, it is mostly owned by the State of Qatar. Opened on 1 February 2013, it is not only the proud owner of the fourth place on our list, but also the second-tallest free-standing structure in the entirety of the United Kingdom. Adhering to the refined standards of the neo-futuristic architectural style, it is an excellent landmark to photograph and to bask in. Oh, and did you know that it has 36 elevators in total?
3. Mercury City Tower:
Moscow of Russia enters the race with its scintillating Mercury City Tower, sitting within the bounds of the Moscow International Business Center (MIBC). Adhering to the awe-inducing standards of the Structural Expressionism architectural style, it was erected between the years 2006 and 2013. Costing over 1 billion dollars to put up, the tower has a massive total of 75 floors and 5 underground ones. With a floor area of 173,960 square metres, it outruns the previous contestant by 21.1 metres (it boasting a height of 338.8 metres). Oh, and until the construction of the next two buildings on our list, this one used to be the tallest building in Russia (minor spoilers). Its 29 elevators do it justice, don’t they (wink)?
2. OKO (South Tower):
Known to the locals as Obyedinonnyye Kristallom Osnovaniya (literally translatable as Joined by Crystal Foundation), the OKO sits upon plot 16 of the Moscow International Business Center (MIBC) majestically. Its South Tower is the forerunner of today’s list as its maximum height is 354.1 metres. Costing between 1 and 1.2 billion dollars to create, the tower complex is one of the most recognisable landmarks of the Russian capital city of Moscow. Erected between 2011 and 2015, the two towers occupy a total area of 250,000 square metres. A definite must-photo if you find yourself in the area.
1. Federation Tower (East Tower):
As you can see, dear trailblazer, Russia has really outrun and outgunned everyone in Europe in terms of skyscrapers as the winner of today’s competition goes to its Moscow-based Federation Tower (the East Tower, of course). Reaching a staggering height of 374 metres, it is by far the most breath-taking landmark of its parent city. Presenting postmodern standards in terms of architecture, the tower was completed on 7 December 2017 and helmed by the architect/structural engineer Thornton Tomasetti. With a total of 97 floors and costing more than 1.2 billion dollars to erect, it is owned by the AEON Corporation, a Russian private international investment group. Oh, and did you know that an observation deck should have been built that would have extended the spire to 450 metres but it was eventually dismantled?
Did you enjoy our list? Which of the aforementioned skyscrapers have you been to and what lasting impressions have they left you with? Would visit them again if you had the chance? Tell us all about it in the comment section below and be sure to check back from time to time for exciting new content! Safe travels!