The Shard Will Become The Shrimp


Where are really tall buildings under construction?  According to my friends at Emporis in Germany, the answer is a bit of a surprise:  Europe, not the Middle East.  Ten of the tallest skyscrapers being built there are in two countries; 7 of the top 10 are in Russia.

Europe’s future tallest building, Lakhta Center in St. Petersburg, should be completed by 2018.  It will rise to 1,519 feet (463 meters) and 86 floors.  Its design reminds me of London’s Shard (pictured here), which, by the way, still has living space available.   According to Mira Bar Hillel of The Independent, the Shard’s “three two-story duplexes and seven single story apartments on floors 53 to 65” remain mostly empty.  Mira claims it’s not the price.  It’s location.  If this isn’t problem for you, the best duplex can be yours for £50 million.

In the tall building race in Europe, 2 through 6 and #9 will be in Moscow. They range from the 94 story Vostok to the 53 story Evolution Tower.  All 6 open for business or residence between this year and 2016.  An investment guru just back from Singapore advised investing in Russia in an interview I heard earlier this week.

#7,8, and 10 of the new European skyscrapers are in Istanbul, now a vibrant city of more than 20 million who all seem to want to get on the same tram.   Two of the three are apparently twin towers, one for residence and the other for business, named Skyland.  You can best see them at  The 3rd Istanbul property going up is the Metropol Tower that looks like something better suited to Las Vegas.  If you move in, Jennifer Lopez could be your neighbor.  Really.

The tallest building in Australia is Queensland #1 on the Gold Coast.  It opened in 2005, soars 804 feet, and has 78 floors.  The tallest proposed building in Australia, 555 Collins Street in Melbourne, has been cancelled.  I don’t know why but will find out.  I’m leaving for Australia in a few hours and will be blogging from The Kimberley and several other destinations over the next couple of weeks.



About roadsrus

Since the beginning, I've had to avoid writing about the downside of travel in order to sell more than 100 articles. Just because something negative happened doesn't mean your trip was ruined. But tell that to publishers who are into 5-star cruise and tropical beach fantasies. I want to tell what happened on my way to the beach, and it may not have been all that pleasant. My number one rule of the road's disaster is tomorrow's great story. My travel experiences have appeared in about twenty magazines and newspapers. I've been in all 50 states more than once and more than 50 countries. Ruth and I love to travel internationally--Japan, Canada, China, Argentina, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, etc. Within the next 2 years we will have visited all of the European countries. But our favorite destination is Australia. Ruth and I have been there 9 times. I've written a book about Australia's Outback, ALONE NEAR ALICE, which is available through both Amazon & Barnes & Noble. My first fictional work, MOVING FORWARD, GETTING NOWHERE, has recently been posted on Amazon. It's a contemporary, hopefully funny re-telling of The Odyssey. View all posts by roadsrus

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