Moscow’s Crystal Island

With a total floor space of 2.5 million square meters, Norman Foster’s Crystal Island, will be the world’s largest building. At 450 meters high (height of the Empire State Building), it will be one of the tallest too.

Via Foster + Partners: “Rising from a large public square, the entire development is enclosed within a vast tent-like superstructure, with one of the tallest inhabited buildings in the world at its heart…Providing accommodation that is flooded with daylight, this second skin will seal itself in winter to minimise heat losses, and open in summer so that the interior can be cooled naturally. Efficient energy management is at the heart of the design, with strategies including on-site renewable and low-carbon energy generation.”

Posted by Chris


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