Paul: Crystal Island Coming to Moscow…

…the new largest buiding in the world!


The past few years have seen a massive, ambitous construction boom in places like Russia, Dubai, and China. It’s fascinating to watch architects try to out-do each other, and kind of too bad that the US isn’t a part of it. Crystal Island was recently approved for construction in Moscow. The finished building will be the size of 5 Pentagons, easily the largest structure in the world in terms of floor space and also one of the tallest.

What really makes this project interesting besides its size is that it will incorporate a variety of uses. There will be shopping, a school, a hotel, a museum, office space, and apartments for 30,000 people. Some are saying that it will be the world’s first acrology (a combination of the words architecture and ecology), meaning a self-sufficient human environment. 

It’s kind of a case of science fiction becoming reality. while Crystal Island won’t really be an isolated community a lot of the ideas behind arcologies are present. The project definately has a green ideology behind it. By centralizing work, residences, and enterntainment in one location the effects of people on the environment is mitigated. Also, the building will power itself through solar panels and wind turbines.


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